Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Moose attacked moose statue

Moose attacked moose statue

A family in the coastal Telemark town of Bamble had erected a statue of a moose in their garden, but a pair of the real thing apparently didn't approve. Anne Marie and Lars Johan Tveten heard some noise one night last week in the garden of their farm, which lies in the heart of moose terrain. "We thought it was the clothesline that had blown down, Anne Marie Tveten told Aftenposten.no. But when the couple woke up the next morning, "two moose were staring at us just a meter-and-a-half from our bedroom window," she said. The two moose then turned their backs on the Tvetens and wandered off into the forest. The Tvetens are relatively accustomed to having moose in their backyards, so seeing the pair first thing in the morning wasn't so shocking. But then they saw what had made the noise the night before, according to local newspaper Telemarksavisa. The two moose had apparently taken out a bit of aggression on the Tveten's moose statue, which was lying broken in several places on some stone steps leading down to their cellar. "We were surprised," Tveten said. "The statue must have weighed around 200 kilos." It remains unclear whether the moose felt threatened by the statue, or whether they were simply irritable, since it's the middle of the annual moose hunting season in Norway. "We don't know why they ruined the statue, earlier they've only been interested in our apple and pear trees," Tveten said. The moose statue's head was broken off, and the Tvetens view the damage as irreparable.


At October 18, 2005 1:40 AM, Blogger heather said...

Ah--a couple after my own heart! Growing up in Minnesota, I developed an irrational love of all things depicting the handsome moose. I have all sorts of signs, knick-knacks, etc. to attest to this insanity. While living in Arizona, people would look at me rather strangely at the odd assortment of moose memorabilia in my home--especially coupled with the fact that I love modern design, (scandinavian design being my favorite of course)! I think some things are just in your genetic make-up. The only time this proved to be a problem is when my (now ex) husband and I went camping in the north woods of Minnesota as newlyweds. He had inadvertently set up our tent on part of a moose trail--and we got MUCH a too close encounter with the real thing! I slept in the car the rest of that night.

At October 18, 2005 7:33 AM, Blogger ik said...

The "real" mooseies felt that the statue was not a "true moosie" and felt they had to behead this apostate mooseie ;)

At October 18, 2005 11:10 AM, Blogger Pastorius said...

Moose Taliban.


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