29 Oct '11, 12am
A Canadian senator wants to replace the beaver with a polar bear as Canada's national emblem
A polar bear as it looks up as the sound of the camera catches his ear on the edge of Hudson Bay ahead of the full freeze-over outside Churchill, Mantioba, Canada. -- PHOTO: AFP OTTAWA (AFP) - A proposal to replace the beaver - described by one senator as a 'dentally defective rat' - with a polar bear as Canada's national emblem provoked rebukes from across the nation on Friday. Senator Nicole Eaton called for adoption of the cold-loving polar bear, the world's largest walking carnivore, as a new symbol of Canada. 'It is high time that the beaver step aside as a Canadian emblem or, at the least, share the honor with the stately polar bear,' she said in the Senate on Thursday. The lawmaker lauded the polar bear's 'strength, courage, resourcefulness and dignity,' calling it 'Canada's most majestic and splendid mammal, holding reign over the Arctic for thousands of years.'