Animals in British History

Can you guess these types of animals that made an appearance in the history of the United Kingdom?
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Last updated: October 25, 2020
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One of these, named Dolly, was cloned in Edinburgh in 1996
Sheep
The two animals which spread the Black Death
Flea
Rat
After contentious Parliamentary debate, the hunting of this animal was banned in the 2000s
Fox
According to legend, the crown will fall if these birds leave the Tower of London
Ravens
Winston Churchill was often compared to this breed of dog
Bulldog
Mythical animal considered a symbol of Wales
Dragon
Mythical animal considered a symbol of Scotland
Unicorn
Animal considered a symbol of England
Lion
Many kings sought to rid the realm of this animal. The last one in Britain was killed in 1680.
Wolf
Breed of dog famously owned by Queen Elizabeth II
Corgi
These birds were used to send messages in WWI
Homing pigeon
Horse breed whose lineage is traced to three stallions imported to England around 1700
Thoroughbred
By law, any of these birds found on open water belong to the queen
Swan
Throughout history, royals favored the luxurious white fur of this animal
Ermine
Type of fish used to make kippers, once a common tea time treat
Herring
Animal that T.E. Lawrence rode across the Sinai Peninsula
Camel
Bird brought into coal mines to detect carbon monoxide, finally phased out in the 1980s
Canary
Aquatic creature that was jellied and eaten by London's poor from the 18th–20th centuries
Eel
In the original nursery rhyme, four and twenty naughty boys were baked in a pie.
Later, naughty boys were changed to these.
Blackbirds
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Level 69
Oct 26, 2020
I thought that thoroughbred simply means pure blooded. I didn't know it's an actual breed.

I did enjoy the quiz. It puts an interesting spin or accent on history.

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Level 47
Nov 22, 2020
That's my thought. If you were looking for a 20th question, why not go more modern: 'The culling of which animal is the subject of controversy for its alleged spreading of TB to cattle?' (Answer: Badger)
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Level 79
Oct 26, 2020
You forgot about the vicious Chicken of Bristol that Brave Sir Robin nearly stood up to.
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Level 64
Nov 23, 2020
♬ When danger reared its ugly head, he bravely turned his tail and fled ♫

♬ ♪ Brave, Brave, Brave, Brave Sir Robin ♪ ♫

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Level 65
Nov 26, 2020
I never!
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Level 78
Oct 26, 2020
Enjoyed that :)
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Level 79
Oct 26, 2020
It should probably be "The two animals alleged to have spread the Black Death". I've seen reports that it was gerbils, not rats, that spread the Black Death.
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Level 71
Oct 28, 2020
Anti-gerbil revisionist history
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Level 64
Nov 6, 2020
Surely, whether it's rate or gerbils, they only carry the things that carry the disease? Namely, the fleas themselves? Or did I miss something at school?
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Level 69
Nov 9, 2020
Agreed @Eccehomo, that question threw me. It could probably do with a slight rewording.

Good quiz though.

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Level 80
Nov 16, 2020
Surely it's the Yersinia pestis in the fleas that causes the disease, not the fleas themselves - they are just a vector. In the same way, mosquitos don't carry malaria (and many other diseases, too numerous to mention. Not a good ecological niche if you like to be popular).
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Level 71
Nov 22, 2020
Anopheles mosquitos do carry malaria. What you mean is that they do not contract the disease themselves.
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Level 36
Nov 24, 2020
I didn't even think of fleas. Sigh
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Level 77
Nov 22, 2020
Godolphin would have been more appropriate than thoroughbred.
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Level 58
Nov 22, 2020
"By law, any of these birds found on open water belong to the queen" Not strictly true, it's not any swan that belongs to the Queen. We have three species of swans in the UK, and only one of them belongs to the Queen: Mute Swans. Whooper and Bewick Swans are not covered by that particular law.
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Level 40
Nov 22, 2020
I remember taking this quiz when zero people had done it.
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Level 63
Nov 22, 2020
Jellied eels??? I swear, I will never understand British cuisine.
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Level 36
Nov 24, 2020
It's not a widley done thing, I'd never even heard of this prior to this quiz AND it does say 18th-20th so people don't really do it anymore.
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Level 63
Nov 23, 2020
Surely "human" is also an animal that spread the Black Death?
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Level 36
Nov 24, 2020
I still find it cool that the animals we have as our symbols are all top of the range in their respective fields. Lion is considered one of the top predators, Unicorn is basically a super horse and I think Dragons speak for themselves.