This footage shows a large elk jumping out into the road in front of cops in Finland who avoid hitting it by inches.
The incident took place on a road somewhere in the historical region of eastern Finland when the large elk, which is known as a moose in North America, suddenly jumped out in front of the police while they were driving on the road in the middle of the Finnish wilderness.
As can be seen in the footage, the police vehicle appears to have been travelling at about 100 kph (60 mph) at the time of the incident, even though the local speed limit is 80 kph (50 mph) until winter, because the officers were out on an emergency call, according to the Eastern Finland Police Department (EFPD).
The police officer driving the vehicle at first spotted one elk by the side of the road, but as their vehicle approached, another elk appeared before them, according to local media outlet Yle.
The driver was able to manoeuvre the police vehicle between the two animals, with one of them reportedly running across the road behind the police vehicle and the other one being caught on the dash cam jumping out in front of the police car and only narrowly avoiding being hit.
The police took the opportunity to urge motorists to stay within the speed limit and to be careful, especially at this time of year.
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Elk mating season is from mid-September to mid-October. It is a time when the males have massive amounts of testosterone coursing through their bodies and tend to attack anything they perceive as a rival or threat.
The footage was shared online by the EFPD, who said that the incident had been caught on a police car dash cam.
They captioned the clip (in Finnish): “Precautionary! A terrible situation in traffic! Fortunately, the pace was moderately a hundred and no more. The video was filmed with a cell phone camera on a police car screen after the task was completed. Fortunately, they were able to help those in need and the trip was not interrupted by a deer crash. Remember the START AWAY FROM SPEED SO THE BRAKING DISTANCE IS HALVED!”
The exact location of the incident is currently unclear.
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