“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
– Mahatma Gandhi
The importance of animals is depicted throughout history and modern society through rich displays of human and animal interactions in engravings, sculptures, paintings, and drawings. So much so that almost all countries have a national animal/bird. A number of reasons may contribute to this choice, though the primary drivers are history, geography and mythology.
National animals are cultural symbols of the country they represent. Every country has its own national animal that represents the ideals of its population. Sometimes this leads to very interesting situations. For example, the national animal of Scotland is actually a fictitious creature – The unicorn!
Here’s a look at the national animals of some countries –