National animals (and birds) are supposed to be intrinsically related to the culture and eco-system of a particular nation. But oddly enough, some of these nationalistic ‘specimens’ have gone beyond the avenue of realism into the very realm of fantasy and memories. So let us take a gander at the nine weirdest national animals and birds from countries around the world.
A beaver is nocturnal and yet a semi-aquatic rodent. It is the national animals of Canada! This honorable designation was given to it due to the animal’s crucial prevalence in global fur trade since the 17th century. In fact, the great beaver was already used a supporter in the Hudson’s Bay Company’s coat of arms in 1678. Since then the resourceful rodent had made its mark in Canada’s very first pictorial postage stamp in 1849. Emerged as Canada’s mascot in 1976 Summer Olympics and is still depicted in the reverse side of the Canadian nickel. Source