Military mascot

Nils Olav inspects troops of the Norwegian King's Guard, of which he is colonel-in-chief
An Australian soldier in playing with a kangaroo while deployed in the Sultanate of Egypt. A number of service members brought animals with them during war.
Sable Chief, a Newfoundland dog with his handler. He served as the mascot for the Royal Newfoundland Regiment during the First World War
Batisse the Goat, the mascot for the Royal 22e Régiment of the Canadian Army
Lieutenant Harry Colebourn with Winnie the Bear, the mascot for the Canadian Army Veterinary Corps and inspiration for Winnie-the-Pooh
Corporal Jackie poses for a photograph in his South African military uniform
An Irish Wolfhound is used as the mascot for the Irish Guards
The goat mascot and Goat Major of the Royal Regiment of Wales, 1999.
Watchman on parade in Tamworth, Staffordshire, as part of the 2015 Remembrance Day events.
PFC Chesty the XIV, the mascot of the United States Marine Corps

Pet animal maintained by a military unit as a mascot for ceremonial purposes and/or as an emblem of that unit.

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Nils Olav inspects troops of the Norwegian King's Guard, of which he is colonel-in-chief

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Cap badge of the Royal Army Veterinary Corps incorporating Chiron

Royal Army Veterinary Corps

Administrative and operational branch of the British Army responsible for the provision, training and care of animals.

Administrative and operational branch of the British Army responsible for the provision, training and care of animals.

Cap badge of the Royal Army Veterinary Corps incorporating Chiron
A sergeant of the RAVC bandages the wounded ear of a mine-detecting dog at Bayeux in Normandy, 5 July 1944
The Army Veterinary Corps on the Western Front, 1914-1918.
Player's cigarette card showing an officer of the Army Veterinary Corps in full dress.
Convalescent horses at the RAVC hospital at Tidworth Camp, Wiltshire, in the Second World War
A RAVC Officer checks the health of local livestock, Afghanistan, 2011.
Officer of the RAVC accompanying the King's Troop, Royal Horse Artillery, at a ceremonial event.
RAVC Memorial, National Memorial Arboretum

The RAVC provides, trains and cares for mainly dogs and horses, but also tends to the various regimental mascots in the army, which range from goats to an antelope.

Map of the Great Orme, 1947

Great Orme

Limestone headland on the north coast of Wales, north-west of the town of Llandudno.

Limestone headland on the north coast of Wales, north-west of the town of Llandudno.

Map of the Great Orme, 1947
The limestone and dolomite cliffs of the Great Orme
Location of wells on the Great Orme
Landscaped gardens in Happy Valley
A Kashmiri goat grazing on the Great Orme
The entrance to the Bronze Age Copper Mine complex on the Great Orme
Remains of the 13th-century palace at Gogarth belonging to the Bishops of Bangor (at 53.32826°N, -3.86238°W)
Saint Tudno's is Llandudno's original parish church.
The Great Orme's summit complex
Beatrice Blore Brown's gravestone at Saint Tudno's Church
Gun emplacements belonging to the coastal artillery school
The Marine Drive round the Great Orme opened in 1878.
Vintage tram near the summit
The 180° former optical lamp room at the Llandudno lighthouse bed & breakfast

The Royal Welsh, a large regiment in the British Army, is permitted by the British Monarch to choose an animal from the herd to be a regimental goat (if it passes selection, it is given the honorary rank of lance corporal).

Harry Colebourn and Winnie, 1914

Winnipeg (bear)

The name given to a female black bear that lived at London Zoo from 1915 until her death in 1934.

The name given to a female black bear that lived at London Zoo from 1915 until her death in 1934.

Harry Colebourn and Winnie, 1914
Winnie-the-Bear statue in Assiniboine Park Zoo in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Winnie the Bear as a cub with a sergeant of the CAVC
Winnie plays with a soldier's sleeve
Winnie the Bear as a cub with an unidentified Canadian soldier

Winnie accompanied him to Valcartier and all the way to England, becoming the mascot of the CAVC and a pet to the Second Canadian Infantry Brigade Headquarters.

Puller in 1950

Chesty Puller

Lewis Burwell "Chesty" Puller (June 26, 1898 – October 11, 1971) served as a United States Marine Corps officer.

Lewis Burwell "Chesty" Puller (June 26, 1898 – October 11, 1971) served as a United States Marine Corps officer.

Puller in 1950
Puller (center left), Sergeant William "Ironman" Lee (center right), and two Nicaraguan soldiers in 1931
Puller with members of the Guardia Nacional
Lieutenant Colonel Puller on Guadalcanal in September, 1942
Colonel Puller cutting the Marine Corps birthday cake on 10 November 1950.
Colonel Puller studies the terrain during the Korean War.
Then-retired Puller and his wife, Virginia, at their home.
A memorial flagpole erected in Puller's honor in his hometown of West Point

The Marine Corps' mascot is perpetually named "Chesty Pullerton." (e.g. Chesty XIII). He is always a purebred English Bulldog.

Colebourn and Winnie on Salisbury Plain in 1914

Harry Colebourn

Canadian veterinarian and soldier with the Royal Canadian Army Veterinary Corps best known for donating a bear cub named "Winnie" (short for "Winnipeg") to London Zoo.

Canadian veterinarian and soldier with the Royal Canadian Army Veterinary Corps best known for donating a bear cub named "Winnie" (short for "Winnipeg") to London Zoo.

Colebourn and Winnie on Salisbury Plain in 1914
Statue in Winnipeg of Harry Colebourn and Winnie
Colebourn is buried in a military cemetery in Canada underneath a regulation grave marker.

Colebourn purchased the cub for $20, named her "Winnie" after his adopted home town, and took her across the Atlantic with him to Salisbury Plain, where she became an unofficial mascot of the Fort Garry Horse, a militia cavalry regiment.

Monuments for military animals in Ottawa, Ontario.

Military animal

Military animals are trained animals that are used in warfare and other combat related activities.

Military animals are trained animals that are used in warfare and other combat related activities.

Monuments for military animals in Ottawa, Ontario.
A U.S. Navy dog handler at the War Dog Memorial in the National War Dog Cemetery at Naval Base Guam. The cemetery honors the dogs—mostly Doberman Pinschers—that were killed in service with the United States Marine Corps during the Second Battle of Guam in 1944.
Circus elephants clear bomb damage, Hamburg, Germany, November 1945.
Photo released on November 12, 2001 claiming to show "the first American cavalry charge of the 21st century" in league with Northern Alliance forces in the Battle of Mazar-i-Sharif.
A dog employed by the Sanitary Corps during World War I to locate wounded soldiers. It is fitted with a gas mask.
Dürer's Rhinoceros, a fanciful 'armoured' depiction.
Charlie, the horse who carried the dispatch from General Slocum to General Sherman announcing the surrender of Atlanta, Georgia in the American Civil War
Pictured with a reel of communication wire, Sergeant Reckless was a highly decorated US Marine Corps artillery horse in the Korean War.

There is a long-standing tradition of military mascots – animals associated with military units that act as emblems, pets or take part in ceremonies.

Nils Olav

King penguin who resides in Edinburgh Zoo, Scotland.

King penguin who resides in Edinburgh Zoo, Scotland.

Sir Nils inspects troops of the King's Guard, of which he is colonel-in-chief, following his knighthood ceremony in 2008. Military insignia is attached to his right flipper.
The bronze statue of Nils Olav

He is the mascot and colonel-in-chief of the Norwegian King's Guard.

William Windsor (goat)

Cashmere goat who served as a lance corporal in the 1st Battalion, the Royal Welsh, an infantry battalion of the British Army.

Cashmere goat who served as a lance corporal in the 1st Battalion, the Royal Welsh, an infantry battalion of the British Army.

Another regimental goat: Taffy IV, of the 2nd Battalion of the Welsh Regiment, was on active duty in France during World War I, participating in the Retreat from Mons, the First Battle of Ypres and other famous battles. He was awarded the 1914 Star.

Billy—Army number 25232301 —is "not a mascot, but a ranking member of the regiment", according to the BBC.

Watchman V leading Remembrance Day ceremony in Tamworth, Staffordshire (2015)

Watchman (mascot)

Watchman V leading Remembrance Day ceremony in Tamworth, Staffordshire (2015)
Watchman VI. A similar image is taken of each new Watchman.
Sgt Watchman V at the Field of Remembrance, Westminster Abbey, Thursday 10 November 2016.

Watchman, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, is a military mascot of the now disbanded Staffordshire Regiment.

The mascot before a parade in 2015.

Goat of the Spanish Legion

The mascot before a parade in 2015.
The Goat of the Spanish Legion waits to march in a parade for the National Day of Spain in Madrid. This mascot from 2015 was a one-year-old female of the species.

The Goat of the Spanish Legion (Spanish: Cabra de la Legión Española) is the traditional mascot of the Spanish Legion military corps.