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a term for any person, animal, or object thought to bring luck for a school, professional sports team, society, military unit, or brand name.

For military units this tends to be animals as the retaining of persons for this purpose ie prisoners of war (frog in a steel cage anyone?) is banned under the gods know how many Politically Correct laws and diktats from the EU.

Half of the mascots in the British Army are probably called Baldrick after the hapless sidekick to the Blackadder family.

There are only 10 regiments allowed mascots in the British Army:

2 Drum horses - Queen's Royal Hussars and Royal Scots Dragoon Guards
2 Irish wolfhounds - the rather sensible if boring mascots of the Irish Guards and The Royal Irish Regiment
2 Shetland pony - The Parachute Regiment (given jump operations and 3 Para Mortar Platoon, wouldnt a Hamster been smarter?) AND The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
3 Goats - The Royal Welsh
1 Ram - The Mercian Regiment
1 Antelope - a rather pretentious Royal Regiment of Fusiliers
a Staffordshire bull terrier - actually just the pet of a rather hard Sergeant Major of the 3rd Battalion The Mercian Regiment (Staffords)
A pair of ferrets - 1st Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own) ... the mind boggles at the logic of this one.

Regimental mascots hold a similar place in the army's heart as the Camp Guardian ... and obviously should be stolen from rival regiments if the opportunity reveals itself. The ferrets shoudnt be too hard but I would leave the Bull Terrier alone!