Amazon Quiz: This mythological creature is the national animal of which of these constituent countries- also known as Caldonia in Latin?





Northern Ireland

Answer: Scotland

The unicorn was first introduced to the royal coat of arms of Scotland around the mid-1500s. Before the Union of the Crowns came into existence in 1603, the country’s coat of arms was supported by two unicorns.

It all changed when King James VI of Scotland also became James I of England. He proceeded to replace one of the unicorns with the national animal of England, the lion, as a display of unity between the two countries. This might not make sense to folklore fans who famously know that lions and unicorns have always been enemies. They have been locked in a battle for the title of ‘king of beasts.’

After people around the world believed that unicorns did exist for years, in 1825, a prominent French naturalist called Georges Cuvier attempted to dispel the myth by stating that an animal with a split hoof was incapable of growing a single horn from its head. He also argued against theories of evolution. Nevertheless, people continued to celebrate National Unicorn Day, which falls every year on April 9.

The unicorn is believed to be a symbol of purity, innocence, and power in Celtic mythology. Legend also says that their horns have healing powers and can purify poisoned water.

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