By Anica Padilla

EVERGREEN, Colo. (CBS4) — A bull elk had to be tranquilized so a wildlife officer could remove an old can that was stuck on his hoof.

(credit: Colorado Parks and Wildlife)

The officer caught up with the “handsome young bull” in Evergreen.

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(credit: Colorado Parks and Wildlife)

“The bull elk was a little slow waking up from the immobilization shot so Officer Nicholson could remove the can,” CPW tweeted.

In the video, you can hear the officer laughing a little as the bull tries to shake off the sedative.

“Come on, big guy, I know you’re sleepy,” the officer says. You can see the elk’s head droop to one side.

The officer gives it a little more encouragement and the elk starts to get up but plops back down.

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“A little heavy in the hind end,” the officer says.

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Eventually the elk did get up and went on his way.

(credit: Colorado Parks and Wildlife)

Anica Padilla