A group of daycare children's afternoon took a turn for the dramatic in Harstad on Tuesday when what police described as “an aggressive elk” ran toward the kids while they were out on a walk.
Harstad: Enda en aggressiv elg ved Stangnes - Plassenveien/Grønnliveien. Elgen hadde løpt i mot barn som var ute på tur med barnehagen.— Midtre Hålogaland (@politiMHPD) February 9, 2016
In true rugged Norwegian fashion, the quick-thinking kids were able to quickly put the animal in its place, according to a Nordland police spokeswoman.
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“The kids threw snowballs at it or something like that,” Grete Birkeland told Dagbladet.
Birkeland said that she thinks the very same elk gave a female shopper a scare outside of a Harstad store over the weekend.
Earlier in the day on the other side of town, police reported another “aggressive elk”, but this one was fought off with more than snowballs.
Harstad: Aggressiv elg ved Ringberget på Trondenes. Viltnemda varslet.— Midtre Hålogaland (@politiMHPD) February 9, 2016
“There was someone in a housing estate who felt threatened. Now it has been confirmed that [the elk] was shot by the local wildlife committee,” Birkeland told Dagbladet.
As for the daycare kids, they obviously weren't much bothered. When Dagbladet tried to reach the institution for a comment, the kids were still out on their walk.