The state adopted the ringtail as its official mammal in 1986, after schoolchildren chose the shy, nocturnal animal over other candidates that included the whitetail deer, desert bighorn sheep, and javelina. The ringtail resembles a raccoon, with a gray body and a bushy, black-and-white-ringed tail.
Ringtail Adopted as Arizona’s Official Mammal
https://americanprofile.com/articles/ringtail-adopted-as-arizonas-official-mammal/By American Profile on July 6, 2003
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