The Beaver is one of Canada's Official symbols. This super soft little guy is 12"
In the late 1600s and early 1700s, the fashion of the day was fur hats made of beaver pelts. Both English and French fur traders were soon selling beaver pelts in Europe at 20 times their original purchase price.
The beaver was close to extinction by the mid-19th century. There were an estimated six million beavers in Canada before the start of the fur trade. During its peak, 100,000 pelts were being shipped to Europe each year and the Canadian beaver was in danger of being wiped out. Luckily, about that time, Europeans took a liking to silk hats and the demand for beaver pelts all but disappeared.
Today, thanks to conservation and silk hats, the beaver – the largest rodent in Canada – is alive and well all over the country.