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Weird Canadian Animals: Fascinating, Bizarre and Astonishing Facts from Canada's Animal Kingdom

Weird Canadian Animals: Fascinating, Bizarre and Facts from Canada's Animal Kingdom    
Format Softcover
Catalogue No. 978-1-897278-52-9
Pages 216
Language English only
Price $14.95
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Written by Wendy Pirk.
Published by Lone Pine Publishing, 2009.


From animals behaving strangely to fantastical creatures and interesting prey versus predator relationships, Canada's animal world is full of fascinating facts about our furry, feathered and scaly friends:
  • Black bears in several B.C. communities have been known to break into people's homes and help themselves to the contents of fridges and cupboards
  • In Central Kootenay, a brave seven-year-old Chow named Jarod, earned the B.C. SPCA 2008 Animal Hero Award for saving both his owner and 12-year-old Chow companion from an attacking black bear
  • Bailey D. Buffalo Jr., a young pet bison, housebroken and weighing over 650 lb (295 kg), enjoys lounging in front of the TV and being read to by owners Jim and Linda Sautner of Spruce Grove, Alberta
  • Bongo, the famous man-eating lion in The Ghost and The Darkness, resided in Ontario's Bowmanville Zoo and starred in over 100 film and TV productions, more than any other lion
  • The wood frog hibernates by burrowing itself underground, and as the soil freezes, so does the frog's heart, brain and eyeballs, which then all defrost again in the spring
  • The female spotted sandpiper is a modern, forward-thinking bird; she competes for a mate then leaves the egg incubation and young-rearing to the male
  • Atlantic cod, primarily predators, have been found with such things in their stomachs as garbage, turnips and even a partridge
  • Bucking tradition, the burrowing owl prefers to nest underground
  • The garfish has bright green bones
  • Rabbits produce two kinds of stool: the one that the animal eats is rich in vitamins and nutrients, and the other that waste matter
  • Hummingbirds can fly backwards and even upside-down
And many more odd and amazing facts about Canadian animals await in Weird Canadian Animals.

About the author: Wendy Pirk has been an animal lover for as long as she can remember. As a child, she dreamed of being a veterinarian but decided instead to pursue a degree in Ecological Anthropology. She is a serious environmentalist and has worked for the Western Canadian Wilderness Committee and headed the "Stop the Grizzly Hunt Campaign." She now works as a freelance writer and editor with a focus on nature and the environment. This is her second non-fiction book.

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