Animals seem to have a habit of interrupting sporting events, often with adorable and hilarious results. We’ve had cats invade baseball stadiums, pigeons settling into tennis matches, and bats on NBA courts getting caught by Manu Ginobili.
On the golf course however, these chance meetings with the animal kingdom can be a bit more confrontational. As humans cross over natural habitats while attempting to make par, we’ve seen golfers come across alligators and capybaras, and in the early aughts, too many men taken down by that infamous Tiger.
The latest entry of this ongoing catalogue of animal interactions takes place in Sweden where an unsuspecting golfer was met by a young elk on the fairway. After a few attempts to artfully dodge the elk calf, Christer Sjogren broke out into a run in order to escape the chase. Thankfully he came out of the incident unscathed, and even more thankfully, his friend filmed the encounter, which you can see below in a video courtesy of The Local Sweden.
Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet caught up with Sjogren after the chase, where according to Golf Digest’s translation, he admitted he probably had not taken the most prudent course of action. “He followed me the whole time. So I thought I’d start running to see what would happen,” Sjogren told the paper. “When I started running, I realised that wasn’t a good decision.”
If anyone is planning on hitting the links this weekend, be sure to learn Sjogren’s lesson the easy way. And ideally, find a partner who won’t film you if you’re being chased by a wild animal.