Moose Breaks Into a Bank in Helsinki’s Töölö District

A man sweeping fragments of glass, after a wild moose jumped through the window of Nordea bank at Museokatu, in Helsinki, Finland on May 26 2016. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

A man sweeping fragments of glass, after a wild moose jumped through the window of Nordea bank at Museokatu, in Helsinki, Finland on May 26 2016. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Police was sent on a wild moose chase on Thursday morning in Helsinki, after the wild animal broke through the window of Nordea bank at Museokatu in Töölö district.

The first sightings of the moose were from Mechelininkatu around 6:00 from where its adventures continued to Töölö where it suddenly jumped through the window of a bank. “The moose was seriously injured in the crash,” Arto Laitinen, the chief inspector on duty, said in a bulletin.

The moose continued its run to the roof of the Temppeliaukio Church, a tourist attraction built in thick rock.

The police said in the bulletin that it had to kill the animal due to its serious injuries. People surrounded the corpse with their mobile phones and pictures of the dead animal were sent to the media. The moose was taken away in a trailer.

No one was injured in the incident but the moose apparently damaged one car during the chase.

“Similar incidents are quite rare and occasionally we are able to direct the moose away from the population centers, and often they understand to avoid the center area, which is dangerous for them,” Laitinen said.

The police suspect that the moose had arrived in Töölö from Seurasaari island about three kilometers away, home to a variety of wildlife.

 

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