Police were yesterday hunting a brazen gang who stole six fully-growns Elks from a field.
Thieves cut through a fence and used dogs to round up the giant animals, which weigh up to 500lbs and stand up to 9ft tall including their antlers.
Two heavy-duty batteries were also stolen and a further two elks allowed to escape following the incident last week.
Paul Richards, who owns Woodentop Farm in West Coker, Somerset, breeds a number of organic animals on the site including bison and wild boar.
Mr Richards yesterday said he had managed to re-capture one of the missing animals.
The farmer, who keeps 30 elk at the farm, coaxed the animal back onto his land following the incident last week.
He had been preparing to cull six of the animals ahead of Christmas.
Mr Richards, 56, said all the animals stood over 6ft tall and are worth up to £1,000 each.
He said: “I was very angry to find six were missing, but we got on top of the situation straight away.