At the gathering of the fantasy creatures, a small group of elemental beasts gathered at the bar.

"Oh, interesting!" said the cat, "if you remove two letters from your type, you have your name!"

"Wow, that's right," agreed the horse, "and it seems that if you remove three letters from your name, you are left with YOUR type!"

The bovine suddenly perked up - "Wow, I never even thought of it that way, but if I remove four letters from my type, I'm left with MY name!"

"And we never even had to rearrange the letters for any of them," the cat said.

What three elemental animals were chatting here?

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    $\begingroup$ Perhaps as an extension to this puzzle, challenge users to come up with as many of these as possible (animal-element correspondence)? $\endgroup$ – Shuri2060 Mar 31 '16 at 18:52
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    $\begingroup$ Welcome to Puzzling, and great first puzzle! :D $\endgroup$ – Deusovi Mar 31 '16 at 19:00

The three animals are...

Cobalt Colt (-BA)
Lead Leopard (+OPR)
Oxygen Ox (-YGEN)

(Credit to Deusovi for nailing the format right away and for the bovine answer. Thanks to KeyboardWielder for the hint on #2.)

Alternate answer for #2:

Silicon Lion (-SIC)
[if 'type' can refer to animal type, rather than element]

  • $\begingroup$ Ah you got there just before me.. $\endgroup$ – Shuri2060 Mar 31 '16 at 18:44
  • $\begingroup$ SO CLOSE but the second one is wrong. Read that clue again... $\endgroup$ – ColdFrog Mar 31 '16 at 19:01
  • $\begingroup$ That said, I actually like your second answer better, because it would make the three clues consistent. I'm considering changing the puzzle to use your solution! $\endgroup$ – ColdFrog Mar 31 '16 at 19:47
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    $\begingroup$ I think he has a distinction between "type" and "name" in mind that I'm not getting. $\endgroup$ – Solocutor Mar 31 '16 at 20:14
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    $\begingroup$ I think the type is the element/adjective and the name is the animal/noun. With that, the second answer should be easily... spotted. $\endgroup$ – KeyboardWielder Mar 31 '16 at 20:21

Two of the three animals are...


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    $\begingroup$ Good start, but the horse loses 2 letters, not 3. $\endgroup$ – Solocutor Mar 31 '16 at 18:38

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