Animated Animals

Friday Fun today.  Over the years there have been many cartoon characters modeled after animals.  Their anthropomorphic qualities have introduced wildlife to children, adults, and everyone in between.


With stories and voices, the animals come to life–thanks to the animators and voice actors.  Of course a real roadrunner doesn’t say “beep-beep” and a real rabbit is not nearly as cheeky as Bugs Bunny.


But sometimes fiction is just what we need.


Here are a few of the favorites in both versions:  the animated and the real life.  The characters for Daffy Duck, Bugs Bunny, and Porky Pig were less specific in species, so I took liberties.


Photo credit:  Athena Alexander


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Wile E. Coyote created by Chuck Jones. Courtesy Wikipedia.

Coyote, California

Coyote, California. Canis latrans ochropus







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The Road Runner created by Chuck Jones and Michael Maltese. Courtesy Wikipedia

Roadrunner, California

Roadrunner, California. Genus Geococcyx







Woody Woodpecker created by Hardaway, Blanc, Webb. Courtesy Wikia


Pileated Woodpecker, California

Pileated Woodpecker, California. Dryocopus pileatus








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Daffy Duck created by Tex Avery. Courtesy Wikipedia


Wood Duck, male, Calif.

Wood Duck, male, Calif. Aix spansa







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Bugs Bunny created by Hardaway, Dalton, Avery. Courtesy Wikipedia

Jackrabbit, Nevada. Genus Lepus

Jackrabbit, Nevada. Genus Lepus









from The Bugs Bunny Show (1960-2000). Courtesy Wikipedia


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Porky Pig created by Bob Clampett. Courtesy Wikia

Warthog, Zambia. Phacochoerus africanus

Warthog, Zambia. Phacochoerus africanus








The Night Before Christmas

Bobcat, California

Bobcat, California

‘Twas the night before Christmas

when all through the woods

every creature was stirring

to dig up their goods.

The children were nestled

all snug in their beds

while foxes and bobcats

danced on their sleds.

Then out on the lawn

there arose such a clatter

I sprang from my bed

to see what was the matter.

When what to my wandering eyes should appear

but a huge mountain lion,

I’d been waiting all year.

Just as I focused on this awesome cat

the sleigh and its reindeer

landed, oh drat.

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With a little ol’ driver

so lively and quick

I knew in a moment

it must be St. Nick.

The cat I had dreamed of

to the woods it had trot

but maybe my critter cam

got a good shot.


Photo credit:  Athena Alexander

Poem credit:  Jet Eliot


Baboon Chatter

Olive Baboon, Tanzania

Olive Baboon, Tanzania

There was once a baboon in a tree,

I could swear he was talking to me.

He said, “Here’s the scoop

tell all your troop,

Big party down the road, come at three.”



Photo credit:  Athena Alexander