Created: Wednesday, 08 January 2003 Written by Correspondent
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Crazed animal gores Swedish child!
In the town of Karlskoga in central Sweden, police have shot dead a drunken bull elk which attacked a young boy while intoxicated on fermented apples (the elk, NOT the boy!). Swedish daily Aftonbladet reported on Monday that the elk attacked the eight-year-old as he played in the garden of his home. He was badly shaken but escaped serious injury (the boy, NOT the elk!).

Elks, common in sparsely populated Sweden, are normally shy creatures but they can become aggressive when they eat rotten apples, a favourite winter snack which sometimes makes them drunk.

Mmm, rotten apples!