Category:Babr

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Русский: Бабр, уникальная геральдическая фигура - символ Иркутска.
English: Babr is a unique Russian heraldic charge, the symbol of Irkutsk. Historically, babr was a Siberian-Russian dialect word for tiger (Panthera tigris altaica), but the imperial authorities, unfamiliar with life in Siberia, interpreted babr as beaver (Castor fiber), starting a long chain of misnomers and confusion. Over centuries, Babr was depicted as an Amur tiger, as a sable (carrying a beaver pelt) or as a beaver (carrying a pelt of a sable). As of 2011, babr is represented by a fat black beaver carrying a disproportionately small red pelt of a sable.