Saturday, April 16, 2011

National Symbol: Beaver

Did you know Canada.. one of our national symbols is the beaver. It can be found in our lakes and
rivers, on our nickle, was a lucrative trade item, postage stamps, coat of arms and more.

The beaver is the largest rodent in North America and 3rd largest rodent in the World. Making it's home in our rivers, streams, ponds, and lakes. We all know they build dams and lodges using sticks, bark and mud. Each beaver lodge is inhabited by one beaver family - beavers mate for life.

The first Canadian postage stamp (for the Province of Canada) was the "Three Penny Beaver" in 1851. The design was by Sir Sandford Fleming and was the first stamp to picture an animal and not a monarch.

Source: Wikipedia, CBC Archives, The Canadian Encyclopedia

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