A nature fund in Northern Jutland in Denmark has imported five elk from Sweden, the first to roam free in the nation for 5,000 years.

Elk in Sweden.

Elk in Sweden. Image by Tobias / CC BY 2.0

The huge tree-munching mammals have been brought in to try to naturally maintain the birch trees in a marshy area called Lille Vidmose, which is the largest raised bog in Europe. The elk will initially be protected by a fence, but they’ll soon be free to wander a 21-square-kilometre area, where nature-loving humans might be lucky enough to encounter them. Read more: thelocal.dk