A moose on the loose in the eastern German city of Dresden evaded capture before getting stuck inside an office building, tantalizingly close to the canteen.

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Police had to tranquillize the moose when it couldn't be shooed out of the building. (Arno Burgi/Associated Press)

A spokesman for Dresden police says the young bull walked into the building housing German industrial giant Siemens shortly before lunchtime Monday.

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A zoo employee waves at the moose in an attempt to help police get the animal out of the building. (Arno Burgi/Associated Press)

Marko Laske says officers and wildlife spent six hours trying to shoo the moose into a container but eventually had to resort to using a tranquilizer gun after he refused to follow orders.

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