Following Ancient Trails Elks Make a Dangerous Comeback in Germany

European elks are using their impressive swimming skills to cross the Oder River from Poland into Germany in search of new territory. But the long-legged giants, which can weigh up to 800 kilograms, are finding their ancient trails broken by busy roads. A motorist killed one on a highway near Berlin this weekend.
An European elk in captivity in a wildlife park in Brandenburg.

An European elk in captivity in a wildlife park in Brandenburg.

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