STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) With little else to attract tourists, promoters of two Swedish counties are pinning their hopes on a truly gargantuan wooden moose.
When completed, the 148-foot tall, 155-foot-long moose will have a restaurant in its belly, as well as a concert hall, conference rooms and a shop, according to Thorbjorn Holmlund, project coordinator and local tourism promoter.
The monument to the moose will be so big that its massive wooden hooves will be firmly planted in two different counties, Vasterbotten and Norrbotten, about 540 miles north of Stockholm.
"The reason we decided to build a moose is because there is something magnificent about the animal. It's the king of the forest," said Holmlund.
The project is expected to be completed by summer of 2009.