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Close Call for Toddler as Elk Crushes Bed


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Dec 20, 2000
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Close Call for Toddler as Elk Crushes Bed

HELSINKI (Reuters) - An elk jumped through a townhouse window and crashed into a toddler's bed, scratching the cheek of a sleeping two-year-old and wreaking havoc in a Finnish family's home at the weekend, police said.

The toddler's mother was shocked to find the beast in her bed and ran to a neighbor for help.

"(We) were sitting in the living room and all of a sudden we heard a terrible clamor and clatter, as if an earthquake had begun," Mari Lahti told Finnish tabloid Ilta-Sanomat. "We opened the door and saw an elk in our bed."

The elk then jumped on to her son's bed, crushing it but only scratching the boy's cheek with its hoof. It rampaged through the house and fled through another window.

A spokesman for the Kokkola police in western Finland told Reuters that young elks had been wandering in the residential area, which is close to forests.

"These houses have big windows that start low near the ground... It could be that when they see another elk mirrored on the window, the elks go through," inspector Erkki Kerola said.
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