A bog bush cricket perches amid the heath in Europe, where the singing insects are thought to be good luck.
6 surprisingly lucky animals around the world
Ireland is one of the few countries whose folklore lacks wildlife.
On Saint Patrick’s Day, the Irish celebrate lucky charms like a leprechaun or a pot of gold—but they’re not the only symbols of good fortune.
Many animals are considered auspicious in various cultures worldwide, from India to Egypt to the Americas.
In Cambodia, where fish are associated with “health, well-being, and good fortune,” a species called the try kantrop is particularly lucky, says Barry Kaufkins, a folklorist at Western Kentucky University. (Also read about animal superstitions around the world.)
In fact, this species inspired a product for treating anemia in people with iron deficiencies.