Canada National Symbol Beaver

October 29, 2011 by staff 

Canada National Symbol Beaver, A proposal to replace the beaver – described by one senator as a “rat accidentally defective” – with a polar bear as a national emblem of Canada provoked rebukes from around the country on Friday.

Senator Nicole Eaton called for the adoption of cold-loving polar bear, the world’s largest carnivore on foot, as a new symbol of Canada.

“It is time that the beaver step aside as an emblem of Canada, or at least share the honor with the majestic polar bear,” he told the Senate on Thursday.

The legislator praised the polar bear “strength, courage, ingenuity and dignity,” calling it “magnificent and splendid mammal of Canada, holding reign over the Arctic for thousands of years.”

Canadians, however, reacted virulently to the proposal.

“The beaver is a proud emblem that is present throughout Canada,” said a blog. “Why would anyone want to replace it with a carnivore that lives only in areas that are almost uninhabitable for humans and could soon become extinct?”

Glynnis Hood, University of Alberta and author of “The Beaver Manifesto”, released last month, also defended the beaver as a symbol of Canada, says the National Post newspaper that the buck-toothed rodent “represents the tenacity, intelligence and ability to survive harsh climates. ”

Others joked that the rights to the image of the polar bear must be purchased from Coca-Cola, which is used on cans sold in Canada.

Beaver only officially became a symbol of Canada in 1975, but has a venerable place in the history of the nation.

Early French and English settlers were attracted to virgin lands of North America to trap beavers for their pelts, used for fur hats in Europe.

Its population is estimated at six million dollars in Canada at the start of the lucrative fur trade. They were hunted almost to extinction before the fashion trend turned to silk top hats during the mid-19th century.

They have since made a comeback. The world’s largest beaver dam, a whopping 850 meters (2,800 feet) long, was discovered last year in the southern end of Wood Buffalo National Park in northern Alberta.

As a symbol, the beaver first appeared in a coat of arms in 1621 in what is now the province of Nova Scotia, as well as on the crests of the Society of Hudson Bay, the Canadian Pacific Railway Company, the first Canadian brand and elsewhere.

Today, a huge stone beaver (Castor canadensis) is above the entrance to the Parliament of Canada, and appears on the back of Canadian nickels.

The polar bear, its supporters say, appears in two million Canadian currency, “making it a value of 40 beavers.”

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