A group of hunters shot and killed two elk — and then realized they were shooting through a fence into an animal enclosure at a zoo in Norway.
According to The Local, the men called zoo officials and told them of their mistake, explaining their elk hounds had entered the enclosure and prevented the men from realizing they were inside Polar Park.
“I reacted with disbelief, and the first few seconds afterwards were pretty unreal,” Heinz Strathmann, the chief executive of Polar Park zoo, told the paper.
Nysted, chairman of the wildlife tribunal in Troms County, told the paper that there was no need to punish the men.
“This is a regrettable mistake made in connection with lawful hunting on the outside of the park,” he said. “It was a fatal error, but everyone understands that it was not done at all on purpose.”
The zoo is expected to ask for compensation for the two elks as they seek to find replacements.