Six elks have been stolen from a farm near Yeovil. The elks were stolen between Thursday, October 4, and Friday, October 5.
A boundary fence was cut in a field near West Coker and six fully grown elks stolen.
Two heavy-duty batteries were also stolen and a further two elks allowed to escape.We’ll overlook the fact that ‘elk’ is also the plural, and the story has no accompanying pictures, so whether these are the US elk or what the Europeans call an elk (which is actually a moose) was also up in the air, until subsequent reports clarified the matter.
But whichever they are, they are both huge animals! How’d anyone manage to steal six?!
Investigating the incident, PC Jackie Poole said: "This is an unusual theft and would have required a vehicle, and probably quite a bit of time, to complete. I would ask people in the area at the time to cast their mind back and see if they remember seeing anything suspicious.
"I am particularly interested in speaking to anyone who has been approached about elks or elk meat or anyone who saw a vehicle in the area which was capable of stealing these animals.
"It is possible that dogs were used to help herd the animals. If you can help please give me a call."It’s a bit of a step up from sheep rustling, you have to admit…
Update: The 'Daily Mail' reports that they have been located.
Today four of the six stolen animals were located and an operation is currently underway to ensure their safe return to the farm.It doesn't say where they were located, though...
As Mark Wadsworth pointed out in his comments, this story truly was the gift that kept on giving!