If Downton Abbey's cast were animals

Highclere Castle (Photo by Wikimedia Commons/Richard Munckton)

Highclere Castle (Photo by Wikimedia Commons/Richard Munckton)

January 25, 2016 | by Kathyrn Folkl | 0 Comments

Fans of Downton Abbey know the show is more than a historical drama or a soap opera. It’s a masterpiece whose characters are complex and memorable. But how do its characters compare to the cast of characters that are the wild creatures of Canada? Here are our thoughts...

 
Baby harp seal (Photo by Matthieu Godbout/Wikimedia Commons)

Baby harp seal (Photo by Matthieu Godbout/Wikimedia Commons)

Matthew Crawley is a baby harp seal — super cute with those big eyes.
Pink salmon (Photo by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Wikimedia Commons)

Pink salmon (Photo by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Wikimedia Commons)

Lady Mary is a pink salmon — a cold water fish always swimming upstream (in society).
 
Polar bear (Photo by Andrew Derocher)

Polar bear (Photo by Andrew Derocher)

Mr. Carson would make a good polar bear. He's distinguished but unable and unwilling to respond to how the years change the way we live.
 
Porcupine at Sandstone Ranch, AB (Photo by Ken Orich)

Porcupine at Sandstone Ranch, AB (Photo by Ken Orich)

The Dowager Countess would be a great porcupine — a little aloof, a little prickly.
 
Snowshoe hare, also called varying hare. (Photo by D. Gordon E. Robertson/Wikimedia Commons)

Snowshoe hare, also called varying hare. (Photo by D. Gordon E. Robertson/Wikimedia Commons)

Branson is a varying hare— able to change his colours (from upstairs to down).
 
Canada goose (Photo by Helen Jones)

Canada goose (Photo by Helen Jones)

Lady Edith is a Canada goose — always honking about something and causing a ruckus.
 
Raccoon (Photo by Ken Thomas/Wikimedia Commons)

Raccoon (Photo by Ken Thomas/Wikimedia Commons)

Thomas Barrow is just like a raccoon — causing damage and becoming a nuisance around houses where he takes up residence.
 
Beaver (Photo by Makedocreative/Wikimedia Commons)

Beaver (Photo by Makedocreative/Wikimedia Commons)

And finally, Robert, Earl of Grantham, is the mighty beaver — with his tireless work to keep his lodge functioning and his strong social and family ties.

What other Downton Abbey characters match our charismatic Canadian species? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Kathyrn Folkl is national manager of North American Partnerships and currently manages the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s participation in the North American Wetland Conservation Act program.

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