Moose monument measurement merits much media musing

Over the past week the global media focused its attention on an international dispute involving Canada. We are not referring to the falling-out with China but rather a “Mine is bigger than yours” spat with Norway. Believe it or not, it concerns the 30 cm difference in height of two moose statues. There has been coverage by, among others, the New York Times, The Guardian, CNN, BBC, as well as all major Canadian news outlets.

For readers who may have missed this story, and to start your week off on a light note, The Current is pleased to bring you the poop on this moose melee.

It all came to a head after word leaked out that a moose statue in Norway is taller than its counterpart in Moose Jaw. As the Canadian version has long been touted as the world’s tallest, the local citizenry took umbrage and have now set out to regain the title. Suggestions as to how this might be achieved include adding stilettos.

As the New York Times reported over the weekend, Fraser Tolmie, the Mayor of Moose Jaw, said,

We take this personally. There are some things that you just don’t do to Canadians: You don’t water down our beer, you don’t tell us we can’t put maple syrup on our pancakes, and you don’t mess with Mac the Moose.

Norway’s moose. Photo: Monika Ludvigsen 

Now, a GoFundMe campaign has been started by two local comedians, Justin Reves and Greg Moore, to finance an increase in size for Moose Jaw’s moose. So far it has raised about $2,000 of its $50,000 goal.

For us at The Current, though, the best moose story of recent times happened in Newfoundland. Readers can click below to watch a YouTube video that went viral last August. Enjoy!



YouTube video: Nancy Andrews

Featured photo: Mac the Moose courtesy

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