Mayors of both Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan and Stor-Elvdal are fighting for the rights to call their moose statue the tallest in the world.
For 31 years, Moose Jaw’s Mac the Moose was the tallest, standing almost 10 metres. But in 2005, Norway’s giant elk statue managed to dethrone Mac and claim the title.
Moose Jaw Mayor Fraser Tolmie says he wants his city’s bragging rights back. “I’m doing this on behalf of Canada. Our pride is on the line here,” he told CTV. “I say bring it on.”
Norway’s silver elk “Storelgen” which translates to “Big Moose” is just over 50 centimetres taller than Mac. With some upgrades, Mac could retake the record.
“The CN Tower used to be the tallest free-standing building in the world [and] we can’t change that, but we can do something about Mac the Moose,” Tolmie said.
What makes this grudge match a bit more personal is the fact Mac was named after Tolmie’s wife’s great uncle and late city councillor, Les MacKenzie.
A Go Fund Me is currently underway titled “Make Mac the Moose The World’s Largest Moose Again”. How they intend to do so is open to debate. With a number of suggestions floating around.
However, even if Mac is upsized, Stor-Elvdal’s deputy mayor may have an ace up her sleeve.
“The artist that made this one [in Norway] has been in touch to try and figure out ways to make an even bigger moose that’s twice its size,” Linda Otnes Henriksen said. “So we’ll see what’s to come.”
Despite that, Tolmie isn’t backing down. “I say it’s on. But I don’t want to see the Norwegian government bankrupt over this situation because we will win this race.”
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