Did you know Japan's National Animal?



Did you ever wonder why Japan is the best country for cats?

Japan's history shows a lot of artworks and literature involving cats, the novel “I Am a Cat” by Soseki Natsume is just one of them.
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You can see cats everywhere, like in  Anime, toys, Cafe's and many more.
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There is even a cat island! (Tashirojima Island) (They are so fluffy!)
Still  that doesn't make cats to be Japan's national animal.
But I know a country that usea  cat as their national animal, its the 'Isle of Man'. Part of the British Isles, Somewhere in Western Europe.
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Their National Animal is a Manx Cat. A bred with naturally occurring mutation that shortens their tails.
Just like this one.  Short tails. Fluffy. Soft.  It's asking for a belly rub.
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But what is Japan's National Animal then?
Many people don't know until you google it. 
 Not a cat. Sorry.  There's actually 2  (Unofficial) . but I'll show you one of them.  (The other one is the Koi)

It's the Kiji -  Japanese Green Pheasant. (Phasianus versicolor)
Amy Felce Japanese Green Pheasant via https://www.flickr.com/photos/amylloyd/25680980034/sizes/l/
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The one above is a gorgeous colorful male and below is not as brightly colored female. 
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Check them out when they are together.  The male is guarding the female so no other male can take it away from him. Sweet. :)
Photo 7594205, (c) Matt Muir, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)

They are  widespread throughout its native range. Can be observed in farmlands and human settlements. Some brought them to  Hawaii and population are stable. In Western Europe they are mixed with Common Pheasants  for some time now and there are no pure Green Pheasants that exists there anymore. These birds has been crossed with the Common Pheasants in  North America and some game farms there then released.
These creatures are also so sensitive that they can detect earth tremors that humans can't.

They normally eat like normal birds as well, stuffs like grains, insects and worms. 

Now you know what Japan's National Animal is.  :D

Aaron Barnedo