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Posted: Sunday, November 25, 2012 11:47 am | Updated: 12:07 pm, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Hank is a moose with a story.

The giant stuffed ungulate sits inside the Anchorage 5th Avenue Mall on a wheeled metal stand. He is waiting for tourists who will sit on his saddle to get their picture taken before a snowy spruce backdrop. Tourists don't know what locals do: people don't take rides on a live moose.

The Anchorage Daily News ( ) reports there's something that even the locals don't know about Hank. His body comes from a bull moose, but his head comes from a cow. No one wanted to part with a bull moose trophy. Hank's antlers are attached to his skull with a steel rod.

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