14 Countries Whose National Animals Are Mythical Creatures

So, you all know that every country has its own national animal, right? At least you know yours. LoL.

I mean, even I wasn’t aware of the list of national animals. But while talking to a friend about the national animal of ‘Bhutan’, which is a dragon, by the way, I came to wonder how many countries actually had a mythical creature as their national animal.

Soon, I found out that indeed,

There are a few countries that still have the coolest mythical national animals.

Now, before I sink into the Imaginarium of my creative thoughts to wonder what the world would be like, with those majestic beings alive, you need to check out the mythical national animals of these countries-

1. Austria – Austrian Bundesadler “Federal Eagle”

Austria - Austrian Bundesadler "Federal Eagle"

The Austrian flag resembles a federal eagle which as in many cultures is also a Mythical Creature. The national flag that recalls the legacy of the nation hosts an eagle drawn on it, and as per many cultures eagles are seen as a connection between mankind and celestial deities.

2. Belgium – Leo Belgicus “Belgic lion”

Belgium - Leo Belgicus "Belgic lion"

The national flag of Belgium resembles Leo Belgicus, which is in the shape of a lion. In Greek Mythology, Leo was the name of a Nemean Lion which was killed by Hercules. Leo resembles the properties of strong, ambitious, focused, and practical.

3. Bhutan- Druk  “Thunder Dragon”

Bhutan- Druk  "Thunder Dragon"

In Tibetan and Bhutanese mythology Druk is a thunder dragon, a mythological creature with great strength and will. The druk which Bhutan’s flag hosts wear jewels representing great wealth.

4. China – “Chinese dragon

China - "Chinese dragon"

Can you guess which country’s national animal is dragon? Loong, long, or lung are other names of the Chinese Dragon which the National Flag of China hosts. Chinese have pure faith in dragons as mythical creatures. As per their beliefs, these Dragons lived on Earth a thousand years ago for Centuries.

5. Czech Republic – “Double-tailed lion

Czech Republic - "Double-tailed lion"

Can you guess which lion is the national animal of which country? The Czech Republic hosts a double-tailed lion on their National Flag which resembles the presence of supernatural power. Hence, the flag with a silver lion shining symbolizes courage, nobility, royalty, strength, stateliness, and valor.

6. Germany – Bundesadler “Federal Eagle”

Germany - Bundesadler "Federal Eagle"

Same as the Austrian Flag, the National Flag of Germany also hosts a Federal Eagle, which is a mythical creature symbolizing a link between mankind and celestial entities. Also, the Federal Eagle is the National bird of Germany.

7. Greece – “Phoenix

Greece - "Phoenix"

Phoenix is the most popular and significant creature among all the mythological creature families. Greece’s national flag hosts a Phoenix which symbolizes life, death, resurrection, and immortality. Furthermore, in Greek and Egyptian mythology Phoenix is linked with Sun God.

8. Hungary – Turul “Falco Cherrug”

Hungary - Turul "Falco Cherrug"

Can you guess in what country’s national animal is a mythical bird? As per Hungarian tradition and Turkic traditions, Turul is a bird of prey that most commonly resembles a falcon. Hungary’s national flag hosts a Turul or Falco Cherrug symbolizing freedom, intuition, and bravery.

9. Indonesia“Garuda

Indonesia- "Garuda"

In Hindu mythology, Garuda is described as a deity who is a vehicle of Lord Vishnu and the king of all the birds. The Indonesian flag hosts a Garuda symbolizing Earth and Heaven.

10. North Korea- “Chollima

North Korea- "Chollima"

Famous in East Asian Mythology, Chollima is a mythical horse that North Korea has hosted on its National flag. This creature originated from the Chinese classics.

11. Russia- “Double-headed eagle” (Traditional Coat of Arms)

Russia- "Double-headed eagle" (Traditional Coat of Arms)

Russia hosts double-headed eagles, which first originated during 3800 BC in the mighty Sumerian city of Lagash, which symbolizes the god of Lagash, Ninurta son of Enlil.

12. Serbia- “White Eagle

Serbia- "White Eagle"

Serbia hosts a white eagle on their national flag which is one of the famous mythical creatures talked about in legendary tales of Ancient Greece.

13. UK- “Unicorn” (Scotland)

UK- "Unicorn" (Scotland)

Can you guess the country whose national animal is a unicorn? Unicorn is the most famous mythical creature about which every kid knows. The UK decided to host the Unicorn on their National Flag which symbolizes purity, innocence, and power.

14. UK- “Y Ddraig Goch” (Welsh Dragon Wales)

UK- "Y Ddraig Goch" (Welsh Dragon Wales)

Y Ddraig Goch or the Welsh Dragon is one of the mythical creatures which is displayed on the National Flag of Wales. The Wales kingdom decided to host red dragons on their flags to strike fear into the hearts of their enemies.

In Conclusion:

Imagine national animals that looked like creatures straight out of the movie ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them’. I would cry out of happiness if that much magic was in the air. Just saying.  But just think for a moment, wouldn’t it be super cool to watch a lion with wings? Or a majestic horse with two heads?

I know, I know. The world would be such an interesting place! Right? Ok, enough dreaming, let’s get back to reality. Shall we?

Btw, before you go, which mythical creature stole your heart? Let me know. 

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Stuti Talwar

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