WILL NEVER GIVE UP: Vice Mayor Linda Otnes Henriksen of Stor-Elvdal i Norway takes on the Canadian challenge for tallest moose statue. Video: DagbladetTV. Please credit if used in news coverage.Vis mer Vis mer Vis mer

Canada battles Norway for tallest moose statue

Norwegians Seeking Moose Truce

Hope of eminent peace talks. Deputy mayor with blank authorization to travel to Canada on short notice if the Canadians will negotiate.

The world record in the very informal «the tallest moose» competition may end up back in Canada and it could happen soon.

Now, Stor-Elvdal municipality is considering that Vice Mayor Linda Otnes Henriksen travel to Moose Jaw to initiate peace negotiations in the conflict that has featured in the news around the world over the last few weeks.

Vice Mayor Linda Otnes Henriksen and The Mayor of Stor-Elvdal, Terje Hoffstad (Ap), is afraid that the village will now lose its hard-won status as a world record holder. Photo: Øistein Norum Monsen/Dagbladet.
Vice Mayor Linda Otnes Henriksen and The Mayor of Stor-Elvdal, Terje Hoffstad (Ap), is afraid that the village will now lose its hard-won status as a world record holder. Photo: Øistein Norum Monsen/Dagbladet. Vis mer

- We have contacted Mayor Frasier Tolmie in Moose Jaw to look more closely at the possibility of initiating a dialogue about building the moose the same height, so that we can share the world record, says Otnes Henriksen.

No response

The Big Elk in Stor-Elvdal measures half a meter taller than its Canadian rival. Mac the Moose had the record as the world's highest moose for 31 years, but in 2015 the steel and concrete moose was overwhelmed by a silver-shimmering, Chinese immigrant to Norway: The Big Elk

Neither Mayor Tolmie, nor anyone else in the political leadership of Moose Jaw, has yet responded to the request from Stor-Elvdal municipality.

Dagbladet knows that the deputy mayor has a blank authorization to travel to Canada on short notice if it should prove that the Canadians will negotiate.

THE TALLEST MOOSE IN THE WORLD: For now. Photo: Øistein Norum Monsen/Dagbladet.
THE TALLEST MOOSE IN THE WORLD: For now. Photo: Øistein Norum Monsen/Dagbladet. Vis mer

The Mayor of Stor-Elvdal, Terje Hoffstad (Ap) concerns that the village will now lose its hard-won status as a world record holder and is in doubt as to whether dialogue will lead to reconciliation.

"Mayor Tolmie is under great pressure over there and it is difficult for us to cough up NOK 15 million to build the gold moose as artists Linda Bakke has suggested," says Hoffstad.

- If we get beaten, we don't have a lot to strike back with , says Terje Hoffstad.

Raising money

Yesterday, it was known that the Canadian brewery Moosehead has put $ 25,000 on the table to bring Mac the Moose back to its former glory. At the time of writing, a total of $ 37,000 has been collected for Mac the Moose.

NEW ANTLERS: Mac the Moose will soon be taller.
NEW ANTLERS: Mac the Moose will soon be taller. Vis mer

Dagbladet has previously been in contact with Frasier Tolmie who states that the city has decided how to make the moose higher.

- Mac the Moose will get new antlers, says Fraser Tolmie.

He does not want to reveal how much higher the Canadian moose will be, but he guarantees that Mac the Moose with the new antlers will de-throne the Storelgen in Stor-Elvdal area.

According to Terje Hoffstad, it could be only days before Mac the Moose degrades Storelgen.

Mayor Tolmie has previously told Dagbladet that he is open to start dialogue, but time is running out if the parties in the conflict are to have an opportunity to achieve a moose truce.

Musk and Colbert

The quarrel between Canada and Norway has attracted international attention and, in addition to the major newspapers such as the New York Times and the Guardian, the celebrities have got involved.

Tesla founder and SpaceX founder Elon Musk threw himself into the Storelgens side by tweeting a picture of Norway's pride.

- Awesome moose sculpture, writes Musk, to its 24.3 million followers on Twitter, followed by a heart emoji and a Norwegian flag.

For the Canadians, it is obviously annoying that the Norwegian moose wins the fans among the celebrities. The level of conflict was therefore no less when the talk show star Stephen Colbert called Mac the Moose a "paper maché dog from a closed amusement park".

In the same episode he compared Storelgen with Arnold Schwarzenegger's robot T-1000 from the movie Terminator.

«TERMINATOR-MOOSE»: Norwayhas the T-1000 Terminator-moose. Video: CBS / The Late Show Vis mer Vis mer