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谷鸽/古鸽 (gǔ gē): valley dove/ancient dove

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Sounds the same as “Google” (谷歌). Like the grass-mud horse, the valley dove is among the pantheon of mythical creatures created to avoid, and to ridicule, web censorship. According to this CDT translation, the valley dove could not survive in China:

  According to an American Indian legend, this bird has a very important habit, called “don’t be evil,” translated into Chinese it means “fear River Crabs.” When they encountered an environment where there were too many river crabs, they could not survive as well as grass mud horses; instead, they migrated South... According to the statistics of Nasdaq animal research institute, there are about 120 billion valley doves in the world. But it is currently almost extinct in mainland China. The original Chinese valley doves have migrated to the south, Hong Kong, in large numbers.                               Many animal lovers went to the Google park in Niaoguan village in Beijing to mourn its leaving.