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Half-Born Chicks, And Other Unusual Meats Eaten In Canada (PHOTOS)

02/25/2014 03:35 EST | Updated 02/25/2014 03:59 EST

Some of Quebec's top restaurants are about to throw a slew of unusual meats such as wild squirrel, beaver and muskrat on their menus, CBC News reports.

But they're not even the most exotic dishes that are being consumed across Canada.

Here are some of the more, shall we say, less common meats that Canadians are eating.

  • Balut
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    Balut is a fertilized duck egg that's at the stage where there's an embryo inside. It's a popular southeast Asian dish that is also sold at T & T Supermarket.
  • Prairie Oysters (Bull Testicles)
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    This western Canadian delicacy, also known as "Rocky Mountain Oysters," results from ranchhands literally scooping testicles out of a bull's scrotum. The dish is available at Buzzards Restaurant in Calgary, which also hosts a "Testicle Festival" at the Stampede every year.
  • Seal Flipper Pie
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    In Canada, we don't just hunt seals, we eat them too! "Seal Flipper Pie" is an eastern Canadian dish made from harp seal parts. The meat is coated in flour, pan-fried, then made into a pie with onions, carrots, pork fat, potatoes, turnips and parsnips, reports the Smithsonian Mag.
  • Heart
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    Yes, it's a thing. Animal hearts are served in numerous Canadian restaurants including Toqué in Montreal, which serves venison loin and heart with shiitake mushrooms, parsnip, barberry, herb puree and bordelaise sauce.
  • Horse Meat
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    Mamie Taylor's in Vancouver serves horse tartare.
  • Muktuk
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    Muktuk is a traditional Inuit dish made from frozen whale skin and blubber. It is normally eaten raw, but can also be diced, breaded or deep fried. It's been found to be a good source of Vitamin C.
  • Kangaroo Burgers
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    Vancouver's Pacific National Exhibition had some very strange burgers on its menu last year, with camel, crocodile and venison all making the cut. But kangaroo proved to be a particularly popular exotic meat at the Gourmet Burgers outlet. However the Vancouver Sun described it as "desiccated" and ranked it lower than most of the other meats on offer.
  • Python Fillets
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    Hills Foods in Coquitlam, B.C. serves all kinds of exotic meats including python fillets from Vietnam, which can be had for $42.60 per pound.

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