07/05/2013 11:03 am ET

American Animals: The Most Patriotic Species In The U.S.

From Vetstreet's Paige Hymson:

You may not realize it, but patriotic animals appear often in our everyday lives — on the coins we use and the stamps we send our mail with. These animals have a more symbolic meaning to our country than we probably think about during the rest of the year, so this holiday is a great time to honor them.

Despite the colonial disagreement over whether the bald eagle or the turkey should be America's national symbol, and the rivalry between voters represented by the donkey or the elephant, we're featuring the species that hold a special place in the history of our country.

List and captions courtesy of Vetstreet:

American Animals

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