It was a case of minks on the run when some 17,000 escaped from a farm in southern Sweden Monday after someone broke open a lock on their cage and set them free, the Swedish website The Local reported.
The owner valued the furry critters at 8 million kronor ($1.2 million), according to police.
The police said the minks had little chance of surviving in the wild but could cause problems and injuries to other animals.
They were first spotted hightailing it down the road by a passing motorist , who notified police.
A police spokesman said there had been demonstrations against their breeding outside the farm last summer, according to The Local.