Dear Readers, this national animal thing is a bit peculiar. The beasts seem to have been chosen for one of two reasons: either they are a highly local species, or they are thought to embody the qualities that the country admires. Lions, for example, are seen as strong and proud, which is why many lion-less countries (including my own) have decided to adopt it. Everyone seems to have overlooked that male lions are often lazy critters who let the females do all the hunting, and who practice infanticide when they take over a new pride, hardly the most impressive of attributes, but hey, it’s the symbolism that counts.
And, inspired by Alittlebitoffocus’s suggestion I am going to add an additional twist. Instead of giving you the names of the countries, I’m going to just give you the outlines to match up. A bonus point if you can name the country and another one if you can name the animal! And because I think this is a bit trickier, I’m just giving you ten animals to match up.
As usual, answers need to be in the comments by 5 p.m. on Thursday (UK time), and if you don’t want to be influenced by speedier people, write your answers down first.
Onwards! And good luck!
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