GOOGLE has been ridiculed by Scots after the internet giant revealed its idea of what Scotland’s national animal looks like.
Any notion of a majestic, horn-headed beast has been brutally crushed by Google, who represent the animal as a sparkly-eyed cartoon with rainbow coloured hair.
The Unicorn has long been considered as the national animal for Scotland in a tradition that dates back to the 1300s.
It is thought to have originated because the Unicorn was believed to be the natural enemy of the lion – a symbol adopted by the English.
One Reddit user discovered that if you type ‘Scotland’s national animal’ into the Google search bar, the result produces a cartoon image of unicorn.
At the top of the 37,000 results a box containing the image of the fairytale Unicorn is titled: “Scotland – National animal.”
Underneath, written in bold, black lettering is ‘Unicorn’ and next to it is the purple outline of the mythical creature.
The image shows the white unicorn, with a glint in its black eyes, and a purple and pink twisted horn.
It has a multi-coloured mane and tail featuring the colours of the rainbow and is outlined by a purple line.
Unsurprisingly, the picture evoked a strong response from other Reddit users.
One wrote: “That’s looks like the ‘pedigree’ version.”
Another user commented: “That looks amazing. Hairy rhino horse.”
One added: “Hurrah for our national pointy-headed death horse.”
One quipped: “That’s a naughty unicorn that got loose at the mince pies!”
Another joked: “I always thought the wild haggis was the Scottish national animal.”
Whilst one user added: “That’s no unicorn, that’s just a horse with a party hat who’s been let loose on the hair dye.”