What animal was the first olympic mascot?
The first official Olympic mascot was Waldi the dachshund in 1972 at the Munich Olympic Games. Though in Mexico and prior to this there were unofficial mascots as well.
If you mean the national animal, then unofficially it is the kangaroo. Australia has no mascot, but has used different animals as mascots for the Olympic and Commonwealth Games. In 2000, the mascots for the Summer Olympic Games in Sydney were Syd the Platypus, Millie the Echidna, and Olly the Kookaburra. In 1982, Matilda the Kangaroo was the mascot for the Commonwealth Games in Brisbane.
The mascot of the 1980 Olympic games in Moscow was a bear cub called Misha. The bear was chosen as it was the national symbol of the Soviet Union. The Olympic Games have had a mascot since the 1968 Winter Olympics in Grenoble, France. Misha was the first major mascot in the Olympic Games. Misha was used extensively during the opening and closing ceremonies, had a TV animated cartoon and appeared on several merchandise products.