Thursday, August 23, 2007

The news gets worse...

As reported in Aftenposten- News from Norway

Drunken moose alert in southern Norway

Experts are not sure how it will affect moose behavior, but if you meet Norway's 'King of the Forest' in the southern part of the country, he could be intoxicated - and potentially dangerous. According to a report from the Newspapers' News Bureau (ANB), the reason behind the warning is this year's early snowfall.

A warm summer has led to an unusual bounty from the region's fruit trees. The sudden and early snowfall has left some fruit under snowy cover, while still more remains on the branch. This fruit is fermenting, and also a readily available and tempting source of food for the region's moose.

"This is the first time I have heard that moose are getting drunk. But I assume that they react the same way people do to intoxication - some become harmless while others are the exact opposite," said district veterinarian Paul Stamberg in Kristiansand.

Martin Kolberg, head of the local animal committee in Telemark, warns people to beware of drunken moose.

"Be careful when you approach moose that have been munching apples for days. Their behavior can alter and they can become frighteningly aggressive. Clap and see how it reacts. If it doesn't retreat but instead comes even closer, by all means stay vigilant. It can be intoxicated and attack," Kolberg told newspaper Faedrelandsvennen.

This story was originally published on November 29, 2002.

Now you all understand how all of my pictures from Norway have a theme of alcohol in them. Even the FRUIT gets you drunk!


  1. When I was a kid, we had a wild bush near our garage and the berries would fall off and ferment, and birds would eat them and then flop around drunk for hours. I'm pretty sure the birds knew what they were getting in to.

    ps: Have you tried the clapping test on your Norwegian to determine drunkenness?

  2. uberbaud took my suggestion about clapping at your Norwegian.

    If you do it, be sure to have a camera rolling. I'd like to see his reaction!


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