August 10, 2012

In the Land of Looney Tunes

Roadrunner Closeup So I've thought about this often, but I don't think I've ever written a post about it, so here it goes: I live in a Looney Tunes cartoon.

OK, not really.

But I have noticed a substantial number of animals (wild or not) in my general area that match up with a large percentage of Looney Tunes characters.  Somehow growing up, I don't think I would have ever really thought of Texas as a locale for most of them, but I guess if Bugs Bunny missed his turn at Albuquerque, then maybe here he is.

So here's a fun rundown of animals that I have seen (live or squashed) within, say, a 3-mile radius of my house, as designated by their Looney Tune character names (and the animal I've actually seen to call it a "win").
  • Bugs Bunny (rabbit)
  • Beaky Buzzard (could be a buzzard, but I'm going with vulture on this one)
  • Cecil Turtle (turtle)
  • Daffy Duck (duck)
  • Elmer Fudd (yeah, I'm sure there are a couple of them around)
  • Foghorn Leghorn (chicken/rooster)
  • Speedy Gonzales (desert type kangaroo mouse)
  • Granny (I've seen her too, I am certain)
  • Henery Hawk (Red Tailed Hawk)
  • Hector the Bulldog (Bulldog)
  • PepĂ© Le Pew (skunk)
  • Slowpoke Rodriguez (other type of mouse)
  • Spike the Bulldog (double counting bulldog because someone in the neighborhood walks a pair of them frequently)
  • Chester the Terrier (Spike's friend, a terrier, on the cartoons.  A small terrier in real life)
  • The Stork (OK, no way have I seen a stork around.  But I have seen several egrets and cranes)
  • Sylvester (black cat)
  • Toro the Bull (Bull with intact horns - there's a longhorn just down the street)
  • Wile E. Coyote (coyote)
  • Road Runner (road runner)
  • Yosemite Sam (Yes, that guy lives here)
I'm sure there are more - I just browsed the list of Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies characters from Wikipedia to make my checklist above - would be interested to see if they have canaries at the pet shop around the corner so I could mark Tweety off the list.

How many cartoon characters hang out around your house?

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