A moose on the loose in the eastern German city of Dresden found himself stuck inside an office building, tantalisingly close to the canteen.

Police said the young male walked into the building housing German industrial giant Siemens shortly before lunchtime on Monday.

Officers and wildlife officials spent six hours trying to shoo the moose into a container but eventually had to resort to using a tranquilliser gun after he refused to follow orders.

The animal, likely to have come from neighbouring Poland, will be released back into the wild.