There are Two National Animal of Canada:-
- The Beaver
- The Canadian Horse
The beaver is the largest rodent in North America and competes with its Eurasian counterpart, the European beaver, for being the second-largest in the world, both following the South American capybara. The European species is slightly larger on average but the American has a larger known maximum size. Adults usually weigh from 11 to 32 kg (24 to 71 lb.), with 20 kg (44 lb.) being typical. In New York, the average weight of adult male beavers was 18.9 kg (42 lb.), while non-native females in Finland averaged 18.1 kg (40 lb.).
During the 17th and 18th centuries, the fur trade was Canada’s most important industry. Beaver pelts were particularly prized by trappers and traders. They were used to make the fine top hats worn by the European dandies of the day and fur coats for those who could afford them.
Some of the interesting facts about National animal of Canada beavers:
- The beaver is the largest rodent in North America.
- A group of beavers is called a colony.
- The beaver has scent glands on its underside used to secrete a liquid that covers its fur and makes it waterproof.
- Beavers are monogamous and therefore mate with the same beaver for life.
- They may be submerged underwater for up to 15 minutes.
The Canadian Horse
The Canadian Horse is another animal commonly seen as a Canada national animal. The government of Canada passed a bill in 2003, which made the Canadian Horse an official symbol and a national animal of Canada. This animal is associated with the agricultural traditions and historical origins of the province of Quebec, and hence, provincial legislation recognized the Canadian Horse as a heritage breed of Quebec.
Canadian Horses are generally bred for driving, but some are used as workhorses as well. They compete in a variety of riding disciplines and have a good temperament, making them useful family horses. The Canada national animal Horse is known for having a wavy, heavy tail and mane and good feet and bones. It is considered to have endurance, hardiness, and soundness and is an easy keeper.
✅Canada Country Animal
The beaver and the Canadian horse are two national symbol animals in Canada, the beaver having been recognized in 1975 while the Canadian horse was recognized as a national symbol in May 2002.
✅Why is Canada’s National Animal a Beaver?
At the heart of the fur trade was the beaver, whose pelts were used to make everything from wool felt hats to robes to winter coats. The use of the beaver as a symbol stems back to the main players of the fur trade.