Vegas cops are the talk of the toons after rescuing a real-life Road Runner from a trap of which Wile E. Coyote would have been proud.
In the celebrated Warner Bros cartoons, the Road Runner’s arch enemy would try increasingly complicated tricks to snare the bird.
But in real life, it was caught by a piece of rubbish.
The incident took place in the city of North Las Vegas, a suburban city that is part of the greater Las Vegas urban area, in Clark County, in the US state of Nevada, in the Mojave Desert, with the police saying on Monday, 22nd August, that they had rescued the roadrunner after it was found trapped in some rubbish in a bush by a roadside.
The images were obtained from the North Las Vegas Police Department (NLVPD ) along with a statement on Monday, 22nd August, in which the cops joked: “After all these years of unsuccessful attempts by Wile E. Coyote, it looks like the NLVPD Animal Protection Service was able to catch up with the Road Runner.
“We think the road runner was just as surprised as us!
“This juvenile road runner was found in a not so good situation near Las Vegas BLVD & Lake Mead in NLV.
“He was eventually transported to a veterinarian who specializes in birds where he will soon be released back into the wild.”
The photographs show an unnamed police officer holding the rescued roadrunner after having successfully rescued it from its predicament.
Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner are of Warner Bros.’ Looney Tunes characters that first appeared on screen in 1949. The plot is centred around a hungry Wile E. Coyote trying to catch the fast-moving Road Runner, with each attempt less successful than the last.
The Road Runner is known for saying “beep beep” as it escapes the coyote and foils its plans.
In real life, roadrunners (Geococcyx) are made up of two species of fast-running ground cuckoos that have long tails and crests. They can be found in the south-central and south-western United States and in Mexico, often in desert areas.
The greater roadrunner can be found in the south-western United States and in Mexico, and goes by the scientific name Geococcyx californianus, meaning ‘Californian earth-cuckoo’, while the lesser roadrunner is called a Geococcyx velox, which means ‘swift earth-cuckoo’.
Both subspecies are listed as Least Concern on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species, also known as the IUCN’s Red Data Book.
Despite being able to fly, roadrunners often opt to escape from predators by running away.