BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. -- A Colorado homeowner who went into his basement Monday afternoon found the tables had been turned when he stared down a most unexpected visitor: a large moose!
The moose had been grazing along a home in Breckenridge when it fell through a snow-covered window well and into the home's basement, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials.
Wildlife officers opened doors to try to coax the moose out, but the visitor could not go up the basement staircase to reach the exits.
Instead, officers tranquilized the moose, cut off its antlers so it could fit up the stairs, and then officers with five responding police and fire agencies helped carry the moose upstairs and back outside.
Once there, the moose was safely released back into the wild with no apparent injuries aside from a small cut on its leg.
"It was a great team effort, and other than a small cut on its leg, the moose appeared to be healthy," said CPW District Wildlife Manager Jake Kay.
As for his antlers, wildlife officials said moose antlers typically fall off this time of year, and the moose will grow new antlers this spring.