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Lumpy Mooing

Although most of the characters are anthropomorphic, they still have some natural instincts of their real animal counterparts.


  • In Out on a Limb Lumpy mooed like an real moose when he was in pain (debatable, it could have been a muffled scream due to the object in his mouth).


  • Probably one of the most well known instincts is that he tried to eat ants, like real anteaters.
  • He even uses his incredibly long tongue in order to do so, which real anteaters have for this purpose.
Crazy Antics

Sniffles on his lunch break.



Splendid with an Acorn

The Mole

  • Like most moles, he lives underground.
  • He is blind, the same way most moles are blind or prone to brightness.


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Nutty in a tree

  • Several times he can be heard making squeaky "chittery" sounds which sound very similar to a real squirrels chitters (though he makes a lot of strange sounds when he is on a sugar high).
  • Being a squirrel, he is able to easily to climb trees in Take a Hike even after stuffing himself with honey.

Lifty & Shifty

  • Like many raccoons, they were rummaging in a trash dumpster as seen in As You Wish.
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    Lifty and Shifty in the trash dumpster.

  • Raccoons are well known for being sneaky and stealing things.


  • He eats seafood.
  • He can swim and hold his breath for an extensive amount of time (though in Sea What I Found he was supplied with oxygen, but it may have been because he was underwater for a very long time).
  • As shown in Whose Line Is It Anyway?, he cracks open shells with his chest much like actual sea otters.

Russell about to eat seafood.



  • She has the ability to climb trees (which is a real ability of porcupines) in Take a Hike.
  • Just like other porcipines, she uses her quills when frightened.


  •  When she talks, screams, or laughs, she bleats like a real sheep.


The Ants

Moreso than other characters, they seem to be anthropomorphic crossed with non-anthropomorphic animals (though Sniffles probably wouldn't try to eat them otherwise). Some examples include:

  • They are seen collecting fruit, crumbs, etc.
  • They live in an anthill.
  • They only let family members/certain ants enter their home.

one of the ants collecting bread crumbs

Buddhist Monkey

  • Many times he makes monkey sounds, most notably right before he begins a fight.
  • Like other monkeys, he is very strong, flexible, and athletic.

Char Sui

  • He made snorting sounds a couple of times.
  • He squealed when he was about to die.


  • He can change color and camouflage his body (although this could be with the help of technology, as he becomes entirely invisible, or it may simply be a cartoonish effect.) However, the camouflaging ability in real chameleons is just a coincidence, they normally change color due to their mood (among other things).
  • He can climb on/stick to walls.


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Disco Bear sprayed by Petunia.

  • In the episode Blind Date, she sprays at Disco Bear when he gets too close, just like real skunks do for defensive purposes (debatable, as it could have been pepper spray).

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