Top five animals You'll meet furred and feathered friends at all museum sites. Here are five of our favourites. 1. Bob the dog National War Museum Bob the stuffed dog was the regimental pet of the 1st battalion of the Scots Fusilier Guards and was with them from 1853 until 1860. A feisty little character, Bob adopted the regiment when they were stationed at Windsor and served with them throughout the Crimean war. At one battle he was returned to the regiment having been listed among “the missing” and later distinguished himself by chasing spent cannon balls for which he was awarded a medal. Now proudly on show at the National War Museum of Scotland along with his collar and medal, Bob is a firm favourite with visiting families. Find out more A Grand Life for a Scotsman 2. Wopsie the cat National Museum of Flight In 1919, the R34 airship ‘Tiny’ made a historic return flight across the Atlantic, departing from East Fortune airfield, now home to the National Museum of Flight. But there were two stowaways aboard the ship: Aircraftsman Second Class William ‘Billy’ Ballantyne and a tabby kitten called Wopsie. Billy was a regular member of the crew who had hidden himself aboard the night before departure, while Wopsie was smuggled aboard by one of the engineering crew. She became the ship’s unofficial mascot for the journey and the first feline to fly across the Atlantic! You can see Wopsie in our film about the R34 in the Fortunes of War exhibition. Find out more Fortunes of War History of East Fortune 3. Mairi the Clydesdale horse National Museum of Rural Life The Museum is home to a working farm that uses farming methods from the 1950s. Ten-year-old Mairi, the friendly Clydesdale horse, is one of the farm’s most popular residents. Her job is to demonstrate historic farming methods, which died out as horse power was replaced by machinery during the Second World War. Mairi does not work for free, however: as payment for a hard day’s work she gets her favourite treat in her feed, half a bag of carrots! Find out more Working farm Mairi the Clydesdale 4. Cramond lioness National Museum of Scotland This is an animal with a difference. The Cramond lioness is sculpted from sandstone and served as a memorial for a high-ranking Roman officer. She was found in a river near Edinburgh in 1997, having lain there for 1800 years, by Cramond ferryman Rab Graham. The crouching lioness is devouring a man’s torso and has two snakes emerging from underneath her belly. She would have sat on the structure of the tomb or on an enclosing wall, symbolising the destructive power of death. Find out more Early People gallery Cramond Lioness 5. Drunken elephant National War Museum An unusual drawing and a set of elephant’s toes are all that’s left to tell the tale of the 78th Highlanders’ regimental pet. In 1838 the regiment returned from Ceylon bringing with them an elephant which they’d adopted as their pet. They’d trained it to march at the head of the regimental band and a sketch by an Edinburgh resident shows the elephant marching out with the 78th, accompanied by a gang of excited children. Quartered in Edinburgh Castle, the elephant’s keeper used to take it to the canteen. They’d both consume their fill of beer and then retire to the stables together where they slept off its ill effects. Find out more A Nation in Arms Bob the dog Wopsie the cat Mairi the Clydesdale The grisly Cramond Lionness Other animals you can meet at the National Museum of Rural Life include lambs, pigs, cows and Sooty the cat An elephant - although not the 78th Highlanders' pet, as all that's left of him are his toes!