Pigeon Town, Uptown/Carrollton
Of all the famous NOLA fauna, this guy is perhaps the prettiest. "Mr. P," as he’s known to both his Uptown neighbors and his Facebook fans, has been strutting his strut in the ‘hood since 2005, following the big storms. One local even calls him "her avian boyfriend." But don’t be fooled by those fancy feathers and haughty ways. If you keep your car all shiny and washed in the ‘hood, he might see his reflection and, mistaking it for a romantic rival, peck the ever-loving hell out of your ride. And, thanks to the city, the area is now officially a bird sanctuary, leaving Mr. P to fan his feathers in freedom for the rest of his years in peace. Since he’s the only animal herewith that actually inspired the city to write actual legislation to keep it safe, Mr. P clearly deserves the top nod here.
Sadly, not all of the most famous critters in NOLA are still among the living. Were they still with us, they’d surely make this list with flying colors, but we couldn’t ignore them altogether. And so, two honorable mentions, in memoriam:
This small, black and white terrier/spaniel mix was mostly unexceptional, except for the fact that she was the muse who inspired George Rodrigue, the famed Louisiana artist who immortalized Tiffany as the "blue dog" (and sometimes red, yellow, and various other hues) which appear in his iconic paintings and prints. Blue Dog is still a beloved symbol of New Orleans, and remains dear in the hearts of NOLA locals.
How can we forget the treasured pet cat of famous aviator John Moisant, for whom our airport was once named (hence the oft-confusing airport code MSY for NOLA). On August 23rd, 1910, Fifi became the first feline to cross the English Channel in an airplane, and, after Moisant’s tragic death over New Orleans, Fifi was seen at the aviator’s funeral, "draped in mourning cover."
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