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As a small child even into my early adult years, I didn't know that roadrunners were real. I watched as a kid and my older son watched as a small child, The Wiley Coyote cartoon where he is always trying to chase and capture the Roadrunner (but the Roadrunner always out smarts him).

Then in 2010, my husband and I traveled to Tucson Arizona to visit two of his sisters who live there. While there, I realized Roadrunners were real birds who really do live in the desert. Since both sisters lived in the desert, they were looking out for them to show us. They did point one out at one time from a distance which was cool. I went to a gift shop there and found a small Roadrunner trinket which I bought and display today.

After we got home from that trip, I looked Roadrunners up on the internet and learned a few things. They are a part of the Cuckoo family and there are two species, the Greater Roadrunner and the Lesser Roadrunner. The Greater Roadrunner lives in the desert South West of America and is bigger than the Lesser one. It is called a snake killer because it kills and eats snakes even poisonous ones among other creatures. It has limited flight but can run up to 20 miles per hour. The Lesser Roadrunner lives in Mexico and Central America. It is smaller than the Greater Raodrunner and eats small snakes, fruit, frogs and road kill.

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VinceSummers wrote on October 3, 2015, 3:40 PM

Meep Meep! (followed by the mysterious sound of a tongue flapping)

Sailorchronos wrote on October 3, 2015, 3:45 PM

I also found out the Roadrunner was a real bird when I was a teenager. I thought it was cool, although it can't do the "zip" into the distance like the Warner Brothers' Roadrunner can. :)

AngelSharum wrote on October 3, 2015, 3:57 PM

We saw one at a place that takes in hurt animals and helps them recover. I've never seen one in the wild though.

Rufuszen wrote on October 3, 2015, 4:24 PM

When I was a kid I wanted Coyote to catch roadrunner and then I wanted Acme stuff, but it had to work properly!

wolfgirl569 wrote on October 3, 2015, 4:45 PM

They sound like good birds tohave around then. I knew they were real but not what they ate

markgraham wrote on October 3, 2015, 8:05 PM

Beep, beep, zip, bang. I liked the cartoon, but I did know that roadrunners were real. They are on the small size though not like the cartoon. At least in the pictures I saw they were on the small size. There could be bigger ones.

paigea wrote on October 3, 2015, 8:36 PM

Cartoons can teach us so very much can't they?

CoralLevang wrote on October 3, 2015, 9:40 PM

*laughs* I remember the first time I saw a real roadrunner.... I was shocked that they didn't look more like the cartoon version. LOL

FourWalls wrote on October 3, 2015, 10:54 PM

Another interesting thing I read is that a coyote can actually run faster than a roadrunner!

cheri wrote on October 4, 2015, 3:37 AM

Same here. I only knew road runner in one of the cartoons I watched on television when I was a child

cmoneyspinner wrote on October 5, 2015, 9:40 PM

I loved that cartoon! :)