Elk with a tyre stuck around its neck has finally been freed after two years
After two years of struggling, an elk from Colorado has been rescued after having a tyre stuck around its neck.
Reports began to surface two years ago when Colorado Parks and Wildlife Officers noticed an Elk with a car tyre stuck around its neck. Ever since it was first caught on camera, park rangers have been trying to track down this elk to help free it.
However last week, two officers were able to locate the elk, tranquillize it, and finally remove the tyre from around its neck.
It is unknown how it got into this sticky situation in the first place, but it is likely it got the tyre around its neck then grew antlers, stopping it from sliding back off again. Maybe it was a fashion statement, but it can't have been very comfortable.
After receiving a full health check, the two officers confirmed the elk was in good health and had suffered no major injuries from the tyre.
Following this incident, Colorado Parks and Wildlife wrote that this elk “highlights the need for residents to live responsibly with wildlife in mind.”
Animals are known for sticking their heads into things when searching for food, and that’s what likely happened in this case. In fact, the Colorado department has said it has found other animals such as deer, moose, elk, and bears caught in common man-made things like swing sets, hammocks, volleyball nets, and tyres.
So make sure to keep your house and garden as animal-friendly as possible because you never know what might find its way into your hammock or spare tyre.