# 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. Commented Dec 13, 2016 at 12:12

Nice one! Here is my solution:

• Drat! Ninja'd while I was hastily making the image. Commented Dec 12, 2016 at 11:05
• Looks like you've moved more than one stick here
– Rob
Commented Dec 13, 2016 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. Commented Dec 13, 2016 at 1:40
• Completely, didn't see it that way - makes it more impressive :)
– Rob
Commented Dec 13, 2016 at 1:41

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

Lion

• П? Like in Russian :-D? Commented Dec 12, 2016 at 15:12
• @IAmInPLS Resembles lower case 'n' too. Commented Dec 12, 2016 at 16:32
• @IAmInPLS Or Greek. Commented Dec 13, 2016 at 1:07
• @randal'thor: Now if we could make a four-letter TA-Π-R or a Π-GGY from the given layout ... Commented Dec 13, 2016 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 :)! Commented Dec 12, 2016 at 11:14
• Drat!, hold on a bit...
– Sid
Commented Dec 12, 2016 at 11:16
• Ha, that is what I thought. I was expecting @TheGreatEscaper solution :), because you rotate the z and he does not. Commented Dec 12, 2016 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. Commented Dec 12, 2016 at 14:13
• Some do pronounce W as double V. So you have COVV, 4 letters! Commented Dec 13, 2016 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.