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Weird Canadian Animals

Fascinating, Bizarre and Astonishing Facts from Canada’s Animal Kingdom

by (author) Wendy Pirk

Blue Bike Books
Initial publish date
May 2009
Trivia, General, Curiosities & Wonders
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    May 2009
    List Price
    $14.95 USD

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From strange behaviour to interesting prey-vs.-predator relationships to fantastical creatures, the animal world is full of fascinating facts about our furry, feathered and scaly friends: * The wood frog burrows into the leaf litter in winter; its heart, brain and eyeballs freeze, and they defrost again in the spring * In 2006, a hunter shot and killed a hybrid of a grizzly and a polar bear, dubbed a grolar or pizzly bear, the first to be found in the wild *The bombardier beetle protects itself by expelling a boiling hot chemical spray from its rear end * A woodpecker's tongue is so long that it rolls up in the bird's skull like a tape measure in its case * Rabbits produce two kinds of stool: one that the animal eats, which is rich in vitamins and nutrients, and another that is waste matter * Some clever crows drop nuts onto roadways so that passing vehicles drive over them and break the shells open * The horned lizard defends itself by squirting blood from its eyes * Canada was home to 2.5-metre-long giant sea scorpions 400 million years ago. * And so much more...

About the author

Contributor Notes

Wendy Pirk is an animal lover who dreamed of being a veterinarian but decided instead to pursue a degree in Ecological Anthropology. She is a serious environmentalist and is a freelance writer with a focus on nature and the environment.

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