An Arizona Park Ranger experienced something straight out of a Looney Tunes cartoon. Remember the Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote… well their ongoing feud has come to life in Lost Dutchman State Park.
A roadrunner was being chased by a tenacious coyote and managed to escape by leaping into the truck of an Arizona Park Ranger.
While no anvil or boulder was dropped, the roadrunner managed to escape just in time. The bird took a few moments to rest which allowed Ranger Jackie just enough time to take a picture to share the rare experience with the world.
Arizona State Parks tweeted the photo with the caption, “POV: you were running away from the coyote and got confused…
📸: Ranger Jackie at Lost Dutchman State Park gets a surprise hitchhiker in her ranger truck.”
— Arizona State Parks (@AZStateParks) September 21, 2022
Numerous people commented on the photo. One person shared, “My grandmother taught me it’s a sign of health issues/healing❤️🩹⚕️I have two roadrunners who nest near my property. They show up when I’m sick and don’t leave until I’m well again🪶. As long as an anvil doesn’t fall on you, you’ll be okay.”
Others couldn’t resist making references to the cartoon. “Do not go near any boulders. Especially if there is a tunnel-like mark that wasn’t there yesterday. It’s a trap,” warned a follower.
Another wrote, “If he catches you, you’re through.”
Roadrunners are fascinating birds who can run up to 25 miles per hour on their long, thin legs. They can be found in the desert, brush, and grasslands of the Southwest. If you are lucky enough to see one, be sure to get out of its way.
For all of those who grew up watching the cartoon of the Road Runner, go down memory lane by watching and listening to the original theme song below.