The Washington Post reports on an unusual case of home invasion in Hailey, Idaho.
Itâ€™s been a rough winter in the American West, with heavy snowfalls that are causing trouble for even the hardiest locals.
Take, for example, the Idaho moose in the photo above. Like a lot of wildlife in the area, it probably meandered early Saturday into the town of Hailey in pursuit of food, according to the Blaine County Sheriffâ€™s Office. It ended up tumbling down a window well and crashing into the carpeted basement of a house â€” which, to be fair, looked pretty cozy.
Sheriffâ€™s deputies, police officers and Idaho Department of Fish and Game Senior Conservation Officer Alex Head were called to the scene at about 2:30 a.m. They tried to coax the animal up the stairs, but â€œthe moose was having none of it, charging the officers several times,â€ Josh Royse, a Fish and Game regional conservation officer, wrote on the departmentâ€™s website.
The authorities ended up sedating the female moose, who, fittingly, slipped into a more mellow state near a Bob Marley wall tapestry.
â€œWith all hands on deck, the sleeping giant was carried up the stairs and out the front door,â€ he wrote. â€œIt woke up in the snow covered street, groggy and confused, but free.â€
Apparently, in 2015, an elk got into a basement in the same town.