Creatures, Myths & Legends
Should Nessie be Scotland's national animal?
By T.K. Randall
April 25, 2015 · 28 comments
This Nessie can be found outside the Loch Ness Exhibition Center. Image Credit: Immanuel Giel
A Scottish tourism body has launched a new campaign to gain formal recognition for the Loch Ness Monster.
Despite there being considerable doubts over the mere existence of the famous Scottish lake monster, a concerted effort is now underway to have it recognized as Scotland's national animal.
The idea might have sounded preposterous if it weren't for the fact that the current national animal of Scotland is a unicorn - the mythical horned horse that has been used on the royal coat of arms since 1603. It could certainly be argued that in this day and age the Loch Ness Monster is a lot more culturally relevant.
"Nessie is an icon and an asset," said Freda Newton, managing director of Jacobite Cruises.
"There is no doubt she attracts hundreds of tourists to Scotland every year and she deserves recognition. If not as our national animal, then at least she should be awarded the title of Scotlandís national monster. A formal nod to Nessieís fame is long overdue."
Sightings of the creature have been reported for years and continue to this day but so far there has never been any conclusive evidence to support the notion that it actually exists.
There is little doubt however that as Scotland's national animal it would certainly be well recognized.
Source: Herald Sun
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