CANA­DIAN CRIT­TERS

Kayak (Canada) - - UPFRONT -

17,000 the num­ber of Facebook fol­low­ers for Tuxedo Stan, a cat that ran for mayor of Hal­i­fax in 2012. A group of peo­ple made him a can­di­date to pub­li­cize the city’s prob­lem with feral cats — ones that didn’t have a home.

THE LAST SEA MINK IN CANADA WAS FOUND ON CAMPOBELLO IS­LAND, N.B., IN 1894. IT WAS HUNTED TO EX­TINC­TION FOR ITS LARGE, RED­DISH FUR COAT.

THE MAR­ITIME MU­SEUM OF THE AT­LANTIC IN HAL­I­FAX FEA­TURES A RAIN­BOW MA­CAW MAS­COT NAMED MER­LIN WHO HAS HIS OWN WE­B­CAM.

There are two horses in the Cana­dian Sports Hall of Fame: fa­mous race­horse North­ern Dancer* and Olympic cham­pion show jumper Big Ben.

Jumbo the Ele­phant was prob­a­bly the most fa­mous an­i­mal in the world in 1885. The Bar­num & Bai­ley cir­cus was vis­it­ing St. Thomas, Ont., when Jumbo was hit by a train on Septem­ber 15 and died.

CANA­DI­ANS OWN ABOUT 8.8 MIL­LION CATS AND 7.6 MIL­LION DOGS

WHAT DO WIARTON WIL­LIE (ON­TARIO), FRED LA MARMOTTE (QUE­BEC), BRAN­DON BOB (MAN­I­TOBA) AND SHUBE­NACADIE SAM (NOVA SCO­TIA) HAVE IN COM­MON? THEY’RE ALL GROUNDHOGS THAT MAKE PRE­DIC­TIONS ON FE­BRU­ARY 2.

The first Euro­pean star­lings in North Amer­ica were re­leased in New York City in 1890 by a group that wanted to in­tro­duce every species of bird men­tioned in the plays of Wil­liam Shake­speare. They made it to Canada in 1919, where they now num­ber in the mil­lions.

*You can read the amaz­ing story of North­ern Dancer in Kayak #43, MAR. 2013

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