This week’s theme for the 52 Snapshots of Life Photo Challenge is FLAG. I suspect that is the case because Flag Day was back on June 14.
Don’t know what Flag Day is? Don’t worry I didn’t either. Turns out it is a day to commemorate the adoption of the flag of the United States. Other countries like Australia and Canada also celebrate similar days, but of course they fall on different dates.
I should probably celebrate Flag Day with open arms because in theory it should take a little bit of excitement away from Independence Day (July 4th), which also happens to be my birthday. Try sharing your birthday with a whole country! No one ever comes to your party. Just kidding (..but not really).
Now that I’ve given a good shout out to the flag of the United States, I thought it would be fun to explore what countries feature at least one animal on their flag.
I dove into the CIA World Factbook (which I probably last used for an elementary school project) to peruse the flags of the world. Turns out there are no dogs or cats or chinchillas. However, there is no shortage of eagles. Gold eagles, white eagles, yellow eagles, and even bald eagles. Lions follow in a close second.
One of my favorite flags has always been from Peru, but during my research I was surprised to learn that it isn’t a Llama on the Peruvian flag. It is a Vicuña! Who knew there were so many fantastic Camelids?
I think the flag of South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands now also tops my list. They managed to squeeze a Macaroni Penguin, Fur Seal, Golden Lion, and Reindeer onto one flag!
Take a gander at all the country flags I could find with an animal featured. My current count is 34 flags. If I missed one, don’t blame me. Blame the CIA.
Which country flag is your favorite?
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