It turns out that an elk in a gift shop wreaks remarkably less havoc than a bull in a china shop.
On Saturday, a mature bull elk wandered into the Estes Park souvenir shop Water Wheel Gift Corner. The elk’s entrance understandably caught shop owner Prateek Shayka by surprise.
“A giant elk just came inside my store, and I guess the cops are at my back door,” Shayka says in the 10-minute, 55-second video he posted to YouTube about the experience.
The elk wandered into Water Wheel after Shayka left its doors propped open.
Shayka told Fox 31 that the elk hung out in his store for close to 45 minutes before leaving. Incredibly, the animal didn’t cause any damage.
You can hear Shayka say in the video that police coaxed the elk out of the building using apples. I’ve already filed that piece of information away in my mental cabinet and purchased a bushel of emergency apples in the event that a bull elk unexpectedly enters my home.
Correction: The original version of this article misspelled Water Wheel Gift Corner owner Prateek Shayka’s last name.
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