A wayward moose, possibly hungry and confused by all the snow that’s fallen in the Oslo area lately, wound up roaming into suburban Bærum on Tuesday and onto a bridge. The large animal then fell from the bridge onto the tracks of the Oslo area’s public transit metro line, with fatal consequences.
Jan Rustad, spokesman for the metro line, had an unusual explanation for midday delays and cancellations on the metro (T-bane)‘s Kolsås line. “There a moose that has fallen down from a bridge over the tracks at the Gjønnes station,” Rustad told state broadcaster NRK.
The animal was so badly injured after falling from the bridge down to the tracks that wildlife authorities had to be called to put the animal out of its misery. Rustad thinks the moose was spooked and had jumped over the protective railings on the bridge, ending up with broken legs.
A similar incident occurred in the city of Hamar, northeast of Oslo, during the weekend. NRK reported that a young moose roaming over another bridge in the city suddenly hopped over the railing when a car approached and fell to its death as well.