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Chattanooga Zoo adds speedy new animals

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A news release from the Chattanooga Zoo warns that "Wile E. Coyote better watch out as there are some new animals at the Chattanooga Zoo ready to give him a run for his money."  

The two new additions to the Chattanooga Zoo are a brother and sister pair of Roadrunners.

Roadrunners, scientifically known as Geococcyx californianus, are fast running ground cuckoo birds known for their long tails and distinctive crests.

Don't confuse them with the Saturday morning roadrunner; this birds have been known to run up to 20 miles per hour.

Native to the SouthWestern U.S., roadrunners are the fastest running ground cuckoo birds.

Unlike their television counterparts, roadrunners can be quite vocal, usually expressing themselves through an odd  clucking that sounds much like a deck of cards being shuffled.

This week, the Zoo will be hosting a naming contest via Facebook for its newest additions.

For more information on viewing the roadrunners or the rest of the Chattanooga Zoo's animal collections, please visit or call (423) 697-1319.

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