The noble walrus, the lordly musk-ox, and the herculean grizzly bear continue the series of large mammals appearing on the Canadian medium-value definitive stamps. Two of these stamps - the walrus and the grizzly bear - will ben available in five-stamp packs. The musk-ox probably emigrated from Asia across the Bering Strait, when it was a land bridge, some 10,000 years ago. The animal has adapted to the harsh life on the tundra, developing a shaggy coat that is so effective an insulator that snow will not melt on it. Wolves and men are the musk-ox's only predators. When attacked, this relic of the Ice Age forms a defensive circle of animals standing rump-to-rump; while this is an effective tactic against wolves, it provides no protection from man's guns. Brian Tsang, a Toronto graphic artist, designed these three mammal stamps to suggest the animals' environment in the same graphic style used for previous stamps in the series featuring large Canadian mammals.
Canada Post Corporation. [Postage Stamp Press Release], 1989.
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