Animals in American History

Can you guess these types of animals that made an appearance in the history of the United States?
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Last updated: October 27, 2020
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National bird of the United States
Bald eagle
Bird that Benjamin Franklin thought should have been chosen instead
Turkey
Animal that was electrocuted in 1903, which people wrongly blame on Thomas Edison
Elephant
State animal of California, even though the last one was shot in 1922
California grizzly
Early French traders sought pelts from this animal
Beaver
Animal wrongly blamed for starting the Great Chicago Fire
Cow
Hunting this animal was an important way of life for the Plains Indians
Bison
Davy Crockett is often depicted wearing a cap made from this animal
Raccoon
Animal that said "nevermore" in the famous poem
Raven
Prehistoric big cat, also known as a Smilodon, which was preserved in the La Brea tar pits
Sabre-toothed cat
Just 27 of these huge birds remained in 1987, but now there are more than 500
California condor
Animal depicted on the Gadsden Flag which said "don't tread on me"
Rattlesnake
Animal that NASA sent into space in 1961
Chimpanzee
Nickname of Theodore Roosevelt's political party in 1912: Bull _____
Moose
Type of whale which sank the whaleship Essex in 1820, the inspiration for "Moby-Dick"
Sperm whale
Once numbering in the billions, this bird went extinct in 1914
Passenger pigeon
"Sea-Monkeys", popularized in the 1960s, are actually this type of creature
Brine shrimp
Mark Twain story: "The Celebrated Jumping ___ of Calaveras County"
Frog
Fish that formed a large part of the diet of the Coast Salish people of the Puget Sound
Salmon
Today it's a treat, but in colonial days this "cockroach of the sea" was fed to
indentured servants and prisoners
Lobster
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Level 81
Oct 28, 2020
Ugh, I tried "homing", "carrier" and "traveler" but never came up with the right pigeon.
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Level 79
Oct 30, 2020
I tried homing and carrier. I knew it was some kind of pigeon.
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Level 72
Nov 6, 2020
me too. dang it.
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Level 68
Nov 12, 2020
I got this because I grew up in Cincinnati where the taxidermized remains of the last passenger pigeon are mounted and on display at the zoo.
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Level 71
Nov 12, 2020
I also tried several pigeons. I have no excuse, since I live 30 minutes from the Cincinnati zoo. "Passenger" is a weird name anyway. I don't think anybody was riding them.
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Level 72
Oct 28, 2020
It must be very difficult to successfully electrocute an elephant
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Level 65
Oct 29, 2020
The video is a little shocking.
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Level 32
Nov 16, 2020
Polarizing, even...
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Level 69
Oct 28, 2020
I got quite a few by incorrectly guessing the animal Benjamin Franklin had in mind. Never would've picked turkey.
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Level 43
Nov 11, 2020
I learned he wanted it to be the turkey from the musical 1776. It's discussed in the song The Egg.
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Level 65
Nov 11, 2020
I feel like the turkey thing is the "fun fact" I hear most often.
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Level 80
Nov 11, 2020
I feed all of my indentured servants caviar and champagne.
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Level 56
Nov 11, 2020
Seems inconsistent that the quiz would accept eagle without the bald, but not pigeon without the passenger.
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Level 70
Nov 11, 2020
I thought that, too, since I could type condor without California and shrimp without brine.
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Level 38
Nov 11, 2020
Beaver is purely Canadian territory, don't venture near
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Level 56
Nov 11, 2020
Grow up Alex.
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Level 55
Nov 11, 2020
Beaver are commonly found all over the Pacific Northwest of the USA, and the reverse side of the flag of the state of Oregon even has a beaver on it.
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Level 70
Nov 22, 2020
Can you accept prawn for shrimp please
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Level 36
Nov 24, 2020
But... they're not the same thing...