Top 5 'Animals' from The Hunger Games Series


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Whether you love the books and already have your movie tickets in hand or are a novice to The Hunger Games series, you likely know that it's setting itself up to be the "it" movie of the year. So, what's so great about it? Many cite the strong heroine, Katniss Everdeen, as a driving factor, or the twisted love triangle between Katniss, Peeta Mellark and Gale Hawthorne. But we here at Animal Planet know what we love the most: the strong and interesting cast of animal characters.

We've broken down our top five favorite animals from The Hunger Games. Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments!

1. The Mockingjay: Arguably one of the most important animals to the series. The Mockingjay represents the rebellion since, technically, it shouldn't exist. After the Capitol created the Jabberjays (an only-male bird created to eavesdrop on rebels and report entire conversations back to the Capitol) and discovered that they were reporting back false information, they left them to die off, figuring they weren't smart enough to reproduce. But the lab-created birds mated with mocking birds, creating a new breed of birds that can mimic voices and sing back parts of songs. Katniss wears a Mockingjay pin during the Games.

2. Buttercup: The yellow-coated tom cat and Katniss never got along, but the feline was a protector and friend of Katniss's younger sister, Prim. Buttercup appears in all three books and eventually Katniss grows to love him following some sad circumstances.

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3. Wolf Muttations: Though these lab-created animals don't exist in real life, they seemed terrifyingly real in the book. Described as wolf-like creatures, these scary animals were released on tributes towards the end of The Hunger Games. They were able to balance on their hind legs, jump very high and even had resemblances to tributes killed earlier in the Games. We're glad these are a work of fiction and not real-life animals.

4. Tracker Jackers: Think regular wasps are bad? Then you probably wouldn't want to meet these genetically-altered wasps, which were conceived of and created in Capitol labs. The insects were trained to attack anyone who disturbed their nests, zeroing in on them until the attack was complete. A sting from a Tracker Jacker causes large swelling and hallucinations.

5. Lady: Lady was a goat saved by Katniss to give to Prim on her birthday. Lady was near death after being attacked by wild dogs, but Prim and her mother were able to bring her back to health. Lady proves useful, providing the family with milk and cheese.


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