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.
The officer caught up with the “handsome young bull” in Evergreen.
“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.
“A little heavy in the hind end,” the officer says.
(2/3) The bull elk was a little slow waking up from the immobilization shot so Officer Nicholson could remove the can, but eventually he got up and was on his way. pic.twitter.com/MRdzhVmPiA
— CPW NE Region (@CPW_NE) October 2, 2020
Eventually the elk did get up and went on his way.