Waskasoo, the deer, turned 17 over the weekend.
The 2019 Canada Winter Games mascot was born May 25, Scott Robinson, chief executive officer from the Games committee, confirmed Thursday.
He spent his 17th birthday with his family, including two older brothers Kerry and Wapiti, somewhere in the woods, east of Red Deer, Robinson said.
The Games maybe over, but the deer still retains his volunteer spirit.
Aside from focusing on school, the Grade 11 student spends time with his family, doing homework and volunteering at the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame & Museum.
That’s why he is a good example for younger students in Red Deer, said Robinson, adding he is well known among elementary school students in the city.
“He is very kind and active, be outdoors and doing things, so he’s a good role model for active kids,” he said.
During the Games, the then-16 year old deer’s enthusiastic and outgoing personality appealed to everyone. His kind heart, lovable hugs and dancing moves were a big hit with everyone in Red Deer when the Games were on.
“People loved that he was so easy to access, he is huggable, he is short and young,” Robinson explained.
He said Waskasoo plans to attend post-secondary education learning something in sports, broadcasting or nature.
“He is still trying to figure it out just like any other 17 year old,” Robinson said.
The mascot’s top choice for post secondary education would be Red Deer College, Robinson noted.
Waskasoo has 13 blue, red, grey and yellow spots on his head and body that show his passion for Canada. At least one of his spot colours can be found in every provincial or territorial flag. His antlers form a W for Waskasoo.
The spots were a gift from mother nature because of Waskasoo’s kindness towards others. Each spot represents one of the 13 provinces and territories.