Thursday, June 18, 2009

Animals Go Mad in Sweden

It seems there are three ravens who sort of act like the ring leaders,” he said.

On one occasion recently, Gunnegård noticed a small group of ravens swirling shortly after he had placed a yellow ear tag on a two-day old calf.

“And just after I put in the ear tag, I looked out and saw two ravens start pecking the calf’s ear tag, while two others started going for its eyes,” he said.


(Thanks to TDG for the link.) Ravens have attacked -- and killed -- 14 calves over the past three months in Sweden.

Also in Sweden, a bear attacks and kills an elk in a children's playground:
Three young children had vacated the adjacent sandbox just minutes before the bear sank its teeth into the hapless elk, newspaper Östersunds-Posten reports.

Local resident Marianne Bergström watched the drama unfold from her kitchen window.
"The bear caught up with the elk and knocked it to the ground. This happened just about 40 metres from the house. When I went outside it didn't seem to care and starting gnawing at the poor elk, which was trying to get up," she told Östersunds-Posten.

"It was terrible to behold. Fortunately some people came along who were able to put the animal down quite quickly."

Adding to the strangeness of this story is the fact bears are not known to be in the area. Jan-Olov Bergström, Marianne's husband, said:
"It was a full-grown bear. It's strange that it was this close to the village. We've lived here for 34 years and have never heard anything about there being any bears here," he told Östersunds-Posten.

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