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