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World's Largest Moose Under the Weather
On the outskirts of one of Canada’s most famous cities you’ll find Canada’s most famous moose. Mac the Moose has been standing tall for more than two decades, greeting visitors to Moose Jaw or beckoning passing travelers to stop in for a visit. But the lovable 9,000 kilogram / ten ton Mac is not feeling 100% these days.
Like anything that has been outside in the elements for 23 years, the ten metre/22 feet high moose statue has begun suffering wear and tear, and is in need of repairs and preventive maintenance. Mac’s most serious damage has occurred, ironically, to his jaw, which fell off earlier this year. Health plans being what they are for oversized road-side creatures, $30,000 needs to be raised to help put a smile back on Mac’s face.
Tourism Moose Jaw recently held a fund-raising walk- and bike-a-thon, the Tour de Mac, which helped raise a small portion the needed total. Fund-raising efforts are continuing: "Save Mac" t-shirts can be purchased at the Moose Jaw Visitors Center on the Trans-Canada No. 1 Highway at Thatcher Drive, and donations to the Save Mac fund are also being accepted there.
Despite being under the weather, Mac soldiers on and continues to greet visitors as they come to enjoy Moose Jaw’s many first-rate attractions, including Temple Gardens Mineral Spa and Resort, Casino Moose Jaw, the Tunnels of Moose Jaw, historic downtown and its many decorative murals, the Western Development Museum, and beautiful Wakamow Valley. For more information, visit the Tourism Moose Jaw website.