3684, ROAD RUNNER 6'' L by Hansa Creations is anatomically scaled to create the best reproduction of the life size stuffed animal and the most realistic stuffed animal in the industry.
Fun Facts for Kids
- The scientific name of the Great roadrunner means "Californian earth-cuckoo".
- The Greater roadrunner is the largest cuckoo of the Americas.
- To maintain high speed over long distances while running these birds place their head and their tail parallel to the ground and use their tail as a rudder to help change their direction.
- Roadrunners have four toes on each foot. Two facing forward and two facing backward; they leave behind very distinct "X" track marks appearing as if they are traveling in both directions.
- Greater roadrunners are famous snake killers and according to some Cowboy tales, these birds were building a fence with cactus pieces around the snake to trap and kill it.
- Greater roadrunners may sometimes lay their eggs in the nests of other birds, such as the common raven and northern mockingbird.
- Female Great roadrunners give off a number of up to twenty-two short, low-frequency shrills that resemble coyote squeals and can be heard 300 meters away.
- During the incubation period and the rearing of chicks, both male and female roadrunners often emit a series of five or six chatters accompanied by groaning; this quite loud sound can be heard 200 meters away.
- Some Pueblo Native American tribes, including the Hopi, believed that roadrunners provided protection against evil spirits. In Mexico, for example, some said that these birds brought babies, as the white stork was said to in Europe.
- Some Anglo frontier people believed roadrunners led lost people to trails.
- The Greater roadrunner appeared in a 1982 sheet of 20-cent United States stamps showing 50 state birds and flowers, being the state bird of New Mexico.
- Indigenous peoples of Central America have developed numerous beliefs about the roadrunner. The Ch’orti’, who call it T’unk’u’x or Mu’, have taboos against harming the bird. The Ch'ol Maya believe roadrunners to have special powers. It is known to them as Ajkumtz’u’, derived from the bird's call that is said to make the listener feel tired.
The Greater roadrunner is a long-legged bird in the cuckoo family from the Southwestern United States and Mexico. This bird is also known as the chaparral cock, ground cuckoo, and snake killer. Although capable of limited flight, it spends most of its time on the ground and can run at speeds up to 32 km/h (20 mph). There were even cases when roadrunners have run as fast as 42 km/h (26 mph). This is the fastest running speed clocked for a flying bird that also helps it to be a very effective predator. It is able to capture not only snakes but also chase fast-running lizards and rodents.
Product Dimension: 5.91(L) X 2.76(W) X 4.78(H)
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