It is a light-hearted dispute which has captured the attention of not only Saskatchewan but Canada, and the world.
Where is the tallest moose statue in the world?
For 34 years, it was the statue of Mac the Moose in Moose Jaw. Recently, they lost the crown, when the town of Stor-Elvdal, in Norway, put up their own statue of a moose, which is 30 centimetres taller than Mac.
With the city’s pride at stake, Moose Jaw mayor Fraser Tolmie called a press conference on Monday, where he announced they would be putting a new rack of antlers on Mac, extending his height enough to reclaim the crown.
“There is a Go Fund Me page, and there have been numerous businesses that are stepping up to the plate, and we’re grateful to our community for that,” Tolmie said at the conference.
The town of Stor-Elvdal replied via social media Wednesday evening (Thursday in Norway). They posted a video from the deputy mayor of the town, Linda Henriksen, apologizing for starting the spat, but not necessarily backing down.
“We’re so sorry we made you guys so angry by putting up a taller moose statue than yours,” Henriksen said in the video. In it she also recommended Moose Jaw paint their statue pink, so then Mac the Moose could be known as the biggest pink statue of a moose in the world.
Based on the replies on social media to the post from the Norwegian town, it is apparent, the battle over the biggest moose won’t be over soon.
BREAKING: official reply from Storelgen aka World’s tallest Moose to Mac the Moose #theworldstallestmoose #makemoosenotwar #MacTheMoose #storelgen @justinandgreg @FraserTolmie @CityofMooseJaw @JustinTrudeau @NorwayMFA @erna_solberg pic.twitter.com/42MQcg1vFM— Visit Norway (@visitnorway) January 22, 2019