You may have noticed I tend to get a bit distracted sometimes. I prefer to think of it as “lateral thinking”. Well, I wanted to find out if wallabies are actually permitted to enter Canada. I still don't actually know...
Rodents entering Canada permanently
Rodents in transit through Canada on their way to a final destination
Rodents entering Canada for a temporary visit
Rodents, other than those identified below, can be imported into Canada without an import permit, health certificate, or inspection (Part XII of the Health of Animals Regulations applies to the transportation of all animals and an inspection related to humane transport may be conducted.). Are you serious?!
There's a list of pets that come under the category of rodentia that you may not import, so please go through it carefully. According to the government.ca site:
Animals of the rodentia order include all types of agoutis, beavers, capybaras, chinchillas, chipmunks, coypus, gerbils, gophers, groundhogs, guinea pigs, gundis, hamsters, jerboas, lemmings, maras, marmots, mice, muskrats, pacaranas, pacas, porcupines, prairie dogs, rats, springhares, squirrels, tucotucos, viscachas, and voles.
Well, I'm wondering if this was a public relations thing on the part of our bureaucrats. I see that rats are included on the list of no-goes. Maybe they've all been included, lol. So now it's just a matter of the border folks deciding which regulation applies, and when. All bases are sufficiently covered, and no one can say the rodents haven't been treated with respect. Our government is very sensitive about such things.
Picture the customs guy at the border trying to sort that lot out! Sorry, ma'm, hate to tell you but your coypus, and your gundi just can't come into Canada. They're classified...erm...illegal.
Final note. The wallaby was found and returned.