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Squirrel wins fight to stay in Canada

by gmc / April 2, 2005 5:34 AM PST

Squirrel wins fight to stay in Canada

CTV.ca News Staff

Canada's newest resident is small, furry and likes to eat nuts. But this refugee rodent is also tough, taking on the federal government when Ottawa tried to kick the squirrel out.

It was announced Friday that the U.S.-born baby flying squirrel, named Sabrina, can now stay in Canada, despite government efforts to deport her.

The squirrel was brought into Canada last year by Steve Patterson, a Mississauga, Ont., nature lover who wanted to use the squirrel for talks with children.

Patterson bought Sabrina in Indiana. When he brought her back to Canada, he declared her and was waved through. However, a monkey pox scare in the U.S. had caused Canada to ban the importation of rodents.

Federal officials realized their mistake and tried to get the squirrel back, even sending police officers to Patterson's home to retrieve the rodent. Patterson refused them.

Patterson called in Brian Shiller and Clayton Ruby to help him keep Sabrina in Canada, after Ottawa took him to Federal Court. Ottawa lost, and said it would appeal.

The Globe and Mail then featured the story, and the newspaper says shortly after, Public Safety Minister Anne McLellan and Agriculture Minister Andy Mitchell changed the Health of Animals Act.

It now allows squirrels and other recently banned rodents allowed into Canada for "educational purposes."

Despite all the effort and time spent keeping Sabrina in the country, Patterson said he would do it all again. In fact, he's considering getting a friend for Sabrina.

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(NT) (NT) wtg new they were nuts there :)) glad it worked out
by Mark5019 / April 2, 2005 5:58 AM PST
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Yup, gnawed the judge's gavel in half so he couldn't rule
by Ziks511 / April 4, 2005 9:25 PM PDT

against him.


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(NT) (NT) What a nut! ;)
by MarciaB / April 4, 2005 9:41 PM PDT
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I've got some friends for Sabrina
by Josh K / April 5, 2005 1:32 AM PDT

They're living in my roof. Patterson is more than welcome to come get them. In fact, I'd appreciate it!

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See, we really do like Americans here in Canada.
by Ziks511 / April 5, 2005 6:38 PM PDT

Of course we usually draw the line at kidnapping or purchase. Gets us in trouble with the UN.

Rob Wink

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RE: said it would appeal
by caktus / April 5, 2005 10:33 AM PDT

Wouldn't that be like appealing one's own decision?

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Maybe the American GI's that deserted to Canada ...
by Evie / April 5, 2005 10:40 PM PDT

... had the wrong plan. They should have been transported across the border as rodents ... weasels to be exact Wink ... then they might have been allowed to stay for "educational purposes".

Evie Happy

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(NT) (NT) thats what they are allready :)
by Mark5019 / April 5, 2005 10:46 PM PDT
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Ummm, Rodents and Weasels, two separate families
by Ziks511 / April 5, 2005 11:02 PM PDT

unrelated except that both are Mammals.

Hope you don't wear Roots clothing. Draft Dodger company which clothed the US Olympic team last time.

Rob Boyter

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I don't care what they are technically ...
by Evie / April 5, 2005 11:06 PM PDT

... weasels are rodents to me Wink

What does Roots clothing have to do with anything? We bought a real cute sweatshirt of theirs for our neighbor's daughter as extra thanks for kitty-sitting for us. Are the founders draft dodgers or something? I'll have to refrain from going there next time if it is the case.

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