# An animal out of matchsticks

Ok, I widely failed my two latest matchsticks puzzles, so here's another attempt, part of the 22nd Fortnightly Topic Challenge.

As you can see, you have in front of you eleven matchsticks forming the word zoo:

You have to move one matchstick, and remove one matchstick to create a 4-letter word, which is the name of an animal.

You cannot break or stack the matchsticks.

• Nice simple, clear and with a good solution. I think this is an excellent example of how a good matchstick-puzzle should look like. +1 from me. – BmyGuest Dec 13 '16 at 12:12

Nice one! Here is my solution:

• Drat! Ninja'd while I was hastily making the image. – TheGreatEscaper Dec 12 '16 at 11:05
• Looks like you've moved more than one stick here – Rob Dec 13 '16 at 1:15
• One stick from the last O in zoo has been removed, and another stick from the last O has been moved. The image is turned 90 degrees anticlockwise. – TheGreatEscaper Dec 13 '16 at 1:40
• Completely, didn't see it that way - makes it more impressive :) – Rob Dec 13 '16 at 1:41

I also came to the accepted answer, via a slightly different method.

Lion

• П? Like in Russian :-D? – IAmInPLS Dec 12 '16 at 15:12
• @IAmInPLS Resembles lower case 'n' too. – Fᴀʀʜᴀɴ Aɴᴀᴍ Dec 12 '16 at 16:32
• @IAmInPLS Or Greek. – Rand al'Thor Dec 13 '16 at 1:07
• @randal'thor: Now if we could make a four-letter TA-Π-R or a Π-GGY from the given layout ... – M Oehm Dec 13 '16 at 6:54

I can get:

A lion(Reading from right to left and rotating the first matchstick by 90 degrees)

An image:

• It could be nice to add an image to your reasoning if you want the tick :)! – IAmInPLS Dec 12 '16 at 11:14
• Drat!, hold on a bit... – Sid Dec 12 '16 at 11:16
• Ha, that is what I thought. I was expecting @TheGreatEscaper solution :), because you rotate the z and he does not. – IAmInPLS Dec 12 '16 at 11:25

Not four letters. Colloquially, at least, this is an animal name:

cow

An image:

• Well, I precisely asked for a four letters animal. – IAmInPLS Dec 12 '16 at 14:13
• Some do pronounce W as double V. So you have COVV, 4 letters! – yurnero Dec 13 '16 at 19:31

I am a bit late, but I actually got a different answer than others.

I got COLT (Baby horse). The L and T are a bit scrunched but I think it's solid.