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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
First submittedOctober 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 88
Oct 28, 2020
Ugh, I tried "homing", "carrier" and "traveler" but never came up with the right pigeon.
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Level 82
Oct 30, 2020
I tried homing and carrier. I knew it was some kind of pigeon.
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Level 76
Nov 6, 2020
me too. dang it.
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Level 67
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 80
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 74
Oct 28, 2020
It must be very difficult to successfully electrocute an elephant
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Level 68
Oct 29, 2020
The video is a little shocking.
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Level 37
Nov 16, 2020
Polarizing, even...
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Level 72
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 67
Nov 11, 2020
I feel like the turkey thing is the "fun fact" I hear most often.
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Level 84
Nov 11, 2020
I feed all of my indentured servants caviar and champagne.
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Level 65
Mar 22, 2022
Irish servants of the 18th century sometimes negotiated contracts that provided that they would not be served salmon more than three times a week. https://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/seared-salmon-with-raisin-and-caper-butter-237877
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Level 67
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 72
Nov 11, 2020
I thought that, too, since I could type condor without California and shrimp without brine.
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Level 52
Nov 11, 2020
Beaver is purely Canadian territory, don't venture near
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Level 72
Nov 11, 2020
Grow up Alex.
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Level 57
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 76
Nov 22, 2020
Can you accept prawn for shrimp please
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Level 41
Nov 24, 2020
But... they're not the same thing...
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Level 75
Mar 1, 2021
Great quiz, thank you. One request: Coast Salish folks are alive and well, and this fish is still important to many, though perhaps not all 30,000+ of them. Speaking about them in the past tense is odd, and incidentally emphasizes the mistaken notion that Indigenous peoples are gone. Allow me to suggest a rewording of the clue to "Fish that form a large part of the traditional diet of the Coast Salish people of the Puget Sound." Then everyone is happy as a clam :)
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Level 66
Mar 22, 2022
Yeah, good point! I definitely agree, and it's an easy fix
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Level 65
Mar 22, 2022
NASA had thought about sending several calves into space rather than a chimpanzee, but decided against it. That would have been the herd shot round the world.
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Level 65
Mar 26, 2022
Oh, boooo... hissssss
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Level 46
Mar 22, 2022
Please accept monkey for chimpanzee
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Level 46
Mar 22, 2022
Really, no groundhog!?
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Level 82
Mar 22, 2022
this is a good quiz but similar to other comments I have to object to the consistency of accepting certain answers. You get credit just for condor not california condor, you get credit for shrimp not needing brine shrimp, get credit for eagle not needing bald eagle, and real stretch is I got credit just for bear instead of california grizzly or grizzly bear! So even though I understand a carrier pigeon is a homing pigeon not a passenger pigeon I still think to be consistent pigeon should be accepted. or make all the ones I mentioned the tougher acceptance. And clearly many jet punkers have issues with pigeon as it is lowest clue at 28%.
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Level 59
Mar 23, 2022
please accept "timber rattlesnake," as that is the specific animal and what I tried to guess first
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Level 84
Mar 26, 2022
Is the The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County related to the Mexican Staring Frog of Southern Sri Lanka?