01/30/2012 12:14 pm ET Updated Mar 31, 2012

6 Extremely Rare National Animals

You'd think the distinction of National Animal would bring with it some sort of benefit - protection from extinction, for instance.

Not so. Take the Bald Eagle, symbol of these United States, which has been on and off the endangered species list for over 40 years.

Sadly, this sort of thing is far from unusual, and Mental Floss has compiled six of the coolest, strangest, and most endangered animals repping countries today.

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