@roach I think in modern day or equivalent settings, you could argue that people would have a relatively wide variety of daemons thanks to nature programs on TV, school trips to the zoo, and similar- like, a kid from Oregon may not be likely to meet many Bengal tigers on a day to day basis, but they'd be familiar enough with the idea of them that their daemon could potentially settle as one if it really fit well. As long as you had the ability to find some YouTube videos and the time to watch them, you could wind up learning a lot about stuff you never saw in person. Could actually be an interesting AU detail, now that I think about it- nature science and zoology being a somewhat larger part of children's education than in our world, because of the potential for learning more about possible daemon forms. You'd probably still have a reasonable majority of people winding up with local-ish animals (or ones with some kind of cultural significance), because they'd be what they were most familiar with and could relate to best, and of course there would be people who didn't have access to information about nature stuff for whatever reason, but with globalization and increasing access to knowledge, you could justify some more exotic animals if you wanted to. TL;DR Your point is valid, but consider: "Dude, you were born in Idaho, why the fuck is your daemon a kangaroo?" "The Internet."