BRITISH COLUMBIA

Safeway Moose Spooks Smithers Shoppers (VIDEO, TWEETS)

04/11/2013 12:52 EDT | Updated 04/11/2013 12:52 EDT

A moose that got loose in a Smithers grocery store Wednesday night has died after it was hit with a tranquilizer and died of heart failure.

People were feeding the moose outside a Smithers Safeway before it entered through the store's electronic doors, drawing the attention of B.C. Conservation officers who had to put the animal to sleep, CBC reported.

The moose wandered through the produce section before a store clerk led it outside with an apple - captured on a video provided to CBC.

Social media went wild for the moose Thursday, as people posted photos of the visitor to Twitter.

smithers moose

The moose sighting followed a narrative similar to the story of the Ikea monkey, which was seen wandering a Toronto store in a winter coat last December, Canada.com reported.

Check out what people had to say about the Safeway moose on Twitter:

Moose On The Loose At Smithers Safeway