The individual in question was no hard-pressed salaryman but a majestic moose (a.k.a. elk in some countries or alnis in Latvian) in the unlikely environs of Jugla, the northern residential part of the Latvian capital where the main Vidzeme highway enters the city.
? Alnis iemaldījies Juglā. Tādos gadījumos lūgums zvanīt 110 – policija ar veterināru palīdzību pārliecinās, ka dzīvniekam nekas nekaiš, tad palīdz tam nokļūt mežā.— Nils Ušakovs • Нил Ушаков (@nilsusakovs) July 6, 2018
? Лось забрёл на Юглу. В таких случаях просьба звонить 110 – полиция и ветеринары помогают ему вернуться в лес. pic.twitter.com/PR4UMzx8lL
The footage shows the moose first near a bus stop and tram terminus, but then disdaining to use public transport, it decides to walk instead, hopping nimbly over a barrier and heading towards a fuel station, apparently tempted by a poster advertising a special cheeseburger.
Realising it is, after all, a herbivore, the moose then undergoes another change of mind and disappears in the direction of apartment blocks.
Keep your eyes out for the dude 19 seconds into the clip who strolls past as if he sees a moose on his way to work every day, which - this being Latvia - is indeed a possibility.
Mayor Ušakovs advises the public to dial 110 to report such incidents to police so they can show wildlife the way back to the forest.