As this story explains, some kids at a school realized Georgia was one of the few states without an official mammal. Now you'd think maybe humans could be the official state mammal, but that's not the direction the kids took. They went fox, but the state leaned on them to go with deer instead.
In an "only in Georgia" moment, we have this:
The bill passed the House 163-2, with Agriculture Committee Chairman Tom McCall, R-Elberton, and Rep. Tommy Benton, R-Jefferson, voting no.
McCall had a serious concern about the bill and few kind things to say about the animal.
“If this aggravating nuisance of an animal becomes the state symbol, is it ever going to be where we can’t protect our property and crops just because it happens to be the state mammal?” McCall said.
Hugley assured him that the deer will gain no new protections from irate farmers.
First off, only in Georgia would an elected official think being the state (fill in the blank, such as official state reptile, or legislator) provides some legal protection. Sheesh.
So, isn't the fox superior? It certainly is if you check out how often "fox" characters appear in film and literature (scroll down here to see "fox" in popular culture). Other than Bambi, what cool deer characters come immediately to mind? And here's another vote against deer -- they're apparently popular in hipster culture? Big. Vote. Heck, even Disney recognizes the superiority of foxes. One got to be Robin Hood (below).
The only mammal more annoying than deer? People. I would put legislators, but there's some debate about whether they're mammals.