7 questions on national animals

Midweek quiz

Canada should switch its national animal to the polar bear, says a politician, arguing it is a "more appropriate image" of the vast northern land. Test yourself on the wildlife emblems of the world.

Polar bears in Canada

1.) Multiple Choice Question

Which is Canada's national symbol, at risk of being retired in favour of the iconic polar bear?

Orca, beaver, moose, blue jay
  1. Orca
  2. Beaver
  3. Moose
  4. Blue Jay

2.) Multiple Choice Question

The polar bear is also the symbol of Finland. True or false?

Polar bears eating seaweed
  1. True
  2. False

3.) Multiple Choice Question

Odd one out. Which one DOESN'T appear on Australia's coat of arms?

Emu, kangaroo and platypus
  1. Kangaroo
  2. Emu
  3. Platypus

4.) Multiple Choice Question

How many countries have an eagle as their national emblem?

Eagle flying
  1. One
  2. Two
  3. Four
  4. Six or more

5.) Multiple Choice Question

China's national emblems include a living fossil and a mythical creature. True or false?

  1. True
  2. False

6.) Multiple Choice Question

Stag, dragon, lion, unicorn. The national emblems for a cluster of countries, but where?

Mythical creatures
  1. The Urals
  2. Scandinavia
  3. Britain and Ireland

7.) Multiple Choice Question

And finally, South Africa's rugby team are called the Springboks and wear kit emblazoned with this native gazelle. But is the springbok still South Africa's national animal?

South African rugby player Victor Matfield in kit adorned with springbok emblems
  1. No
  2. Yes


  1. It's the beaver. Conservative Senator Nicole Eaton says this "big rat" doesn't reflect Canada's new values: "The polar bear, with its strength, courage, resourcefulness and dignity is perfect for the part."
  2. It's false. Finland's national animal is a bear, but not the polar variety.
  3. Odd one out is the platypus - Australia's coat of arms features a kangaroo and an emu. But the duck-billed critter is the state emblem of New South Wales.
  4. It's six or more - Numerous countries have an eagle as their national emblem - the United States (bald), Mexico (golden), Poland (white-tailed), along with Germany, Albania, Serbia, Nigeria and others.
  5. It's true. China has three national symbols - the crane, the dragon and the giant panda, which is classed as a living fossil (ie a species unchanged for millions of years).
  6. These creatures are national symbols in Britain and Ireland (other national emblems are available).
  7. It is South Africa's national animal, despite a debate about changing it post-apartheid. During white minority rule, South Africa's sportsmen and women competed under this nickname, but are now called the Proteas. Only the rugby team retains the name Springboks, first used on a tour of Britain in 1906-07.

Your Score

0 - 3 : I'll be dammed

4 - 6 : Beavering away

7 - 7 : Dam great

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