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Save the Endangered Airplane Animals – Frontier’s Wildlife

March 31, 2010 | Posted in: ABC Column,Airfare News,Airline News,Pets

In my latest weekly column for ABCNews.com, I tackle the weighty issue of what might happen to Frontier Airlines animals if owner Republic decides to revamp branding.

I’m talking about those wildlife photos that grace the tails of Frontier’s aircraft: you know, Larry the Lynx, Rudy the Raccoon, Grizwald the Bear and more (yes, those are their names – it says so right on Frontier’s website).

If you read the column, here are a few things you’ll learn:

  • Qantas’ kangaroo once had wings
  • Three “animals”¬†made the list of Top Advertising Icons of the Century: Tony the Tiger, the Energizer Bunny, and Elsie the Cow
  • A film parody¬†shows “Hitler” ranting in support of Frontier’s wildlife: “Griz is going to tear someone a new one!”

Here’s how I end the column:

“For Flip and his associates, I hope it all works out. Otherwise, they’ll be headed to the Old Icons Retirement Home, where they can sit on the porch with Speedy Alka-Seltzer, the Frito Bandito, Mr. Whipple, and the Taco Bell Chihuahua – and reminisce about the days gone by.” –Rick Seaney, ABCNews.com, 3-31-10

2 Responses to “Save the Endangered Airplane Animals – Frontier’s Wildlife”

  1. Ann Schrader says:

    Steve, nice column, but a couple of points: The rally was Thursday not Friday and the marchers were not angry. I’d call them passionate, but not angry. I was there.

  2. Rick Seaney says:


    Sorry about the Thursday/Friday mix-up – my mistake. Not an excuse, but – if you’re human, you’ll err now and then…

    Rick, not Steve

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