Tulips are a big source of pride in Canada, the country does after all play host to one of the world’s largest tulip festivals each year.

Unfortunately for the MUN Botanical Garden in St. John’s, Newfoundland, the Canada 150 display has been ruined before it ever bloomed. The garden reports that their tulip display planted last October in celebration of Canada 150 has been ruined by an unusual culprit.

In a Facebook post from last week, staff write that “The Garden Cafe at MUN Botanical Garden in St John’s NL is a popular lunch spot, however, the native moose who visited the Garden last night thought the Canada 150 Celebration Tulip Garden was the perfect place for a bite. The moose munched on the entire red and white tulip display–Canada’s 150th maple leaf design and all!”

MUN Botanical Garden was one of 150 recipients to receive 1,000 tulip bulbs to participate in 150 Celebration Gardens.

For indigenous people in Canada, the 150th anniversary — or sesquicentennial — of Confederation is little cause for celebration.

First off, for peoples who’ve been on this land for millennia, 150 years isn’t much more than a long weekend in the scheme of things. Second, they weren’t invited to the bash in the first place back in 1867. Third, and most important, Confederation was less about beginnings for First Nations than it was their intended death knell.

The last 150 years include residential schools, the Sixties Scoop, Grassy Narrows, murdered and missing women, unfair policing, unequal health care, education and child-welfare systems and exploitation of resources.

Responses to "Moose destroys Canada 150 Celebration Tulip Garden"

  1. Anonymous says:

    Mother Nature is at work!

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