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Many cartoon animals have coloration that's consistent across works, even by different animators, but which is not typical of them in RealLife. This has the effect of making identifying the animal as belonging to to a particular species easier for the audience, for instance if a farmyard bird with webbed feet is white or grey, it's a goose; but if it's yellow, it's a duck. This trope also can also be the result of TheCoconutEffect in action where realistic markings or colorings seem [[RealityIsUnrealistic off to the viewer]], but more often it's a case of ColorCodedForYourConvenience.

'''Typical Animal Colors, Markings, and Patterns in Animated Works in General:'''
* Crows and Ravens: Shiny black feathers with yellow beaks and feet. Real crows and ravens have beaks and feet that are black. The all-black feathered corvid that has a yellow beak in RealLife is a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chough chough.]]
* Alligators and Crocodiles: Bright or dull green scales all over their bodies in cartoons. In RealLife, most species are brownish, grayish, blackish, dark-grayish, or brown- or grey-green.
* Wolves: Black with white or cream-colored slipper-like marked hindfeet, white or cream-colored facial "masks," and sometimes a white or cream-colored tail tip was common in UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation. In more recent works, they are often grey with lighter grey chests, bellies, and muzzles or facial "masks" which is more realistic.
* Frogs and Toads: Generally always green in cartoons (especially frogs) even though real frogs and toads can have any kind of color, markings, or pattern depending on the species.
* Whales and Dolphins: Are usually blue or grey all over (with or without white bellies) in cartoons.
* Canaries: Yellow feathers all over their bodies.
* Goldfish: Usually just either golden yellow, yellow orange, or orange in cartoons (hence the name).
* Reptiles: Most are green, even though real reptiles come in a wide variety of colors and patterns.
* Parrots: Most often green in cartoons- partially TruthInTelevision, as a great number of real life parrot species are green. Scarlet macaws are also fairly common.
* Crabs and Lobsters: Usually red. In real life, there are only a couple of species, mostly crab species, that are red when they're alive. Most only turn red when they're cooked.
* Pigs: Usually pink, although in cartoons of the late 1920s and early 1930s, they may also be [[InkblotCartoonStyle black with white facial "masks" and hooves]].
* Sheep: Usually all have black, white, or tan faces and feet and white wool all over their bodies. A sheep that is black stands out from the rest of the crowd or is otherwise special.
* Goats: Usually tan, grey, white or brown.
* Gorillas and Chimpanzees: Usually brown furred with lighter skin on their hands, feet and faces. In real life the fur may just as well be black as brown and more likely to be black, and unless it's very young, the bare skin will be black or dark grey.
* Monkeys: Like apes, almost always brown-furred with tan hands, feet, and faces.
* Domestic Geese: Yellow-orange bills and feet and all-grey or all-white feathers
* Cattle: Cows are usually either [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holstein_cattle white with black]] or brown blotches or all-brown and bulls are usually all-black in cartoons.
* Rabbits: Often all-white, brown, or grey, although media targeted at younger audiences may also have rabbits in pink- especially when said rabbit character is female. Anthropomorphised rabbits tend to have a white oval belly patch and slipper marked feet. In Japanese media, many rabbits tend to have black tipped ears.
* Ducks: All-yellow or all-white feathers, or mallard coloration if they're wild ducks. Usually sport a yellow-orange bill even if male.
* Horses tend to be solid or pinto. Solid brown, solid black, grey, and pure white are the most common. A pinto will be white and brown.
* Donkeys: Usually brownish or grayish with a lighter colored muzzle, chest, belly, and lighter colored areas around both eyes.
* Mice and rats: Brown, grey, or white fur with pink ears and noses and bare tails. Mice in cartoons often sport a white or lighter colored belly, a slightly furred tail, and a black or dark colored nose.
* Swans: White. When a swan in black, it will be to indicate something special about the animal.
* Skunks: Tend to have white bellies and/or muzzles or facial "masks," as well as the characteristic white stripe(s) on their back.
* Domestic Cats: They often have white tail tips in animation even though white tail tips are rather uncommon on RealLife cats. Black and other solid colored cats, especially those with white paws, bellies, and/or muzzles or facial "masks," and all-white female cats are quite prevalent. Tabbies often have stripes on their heads, back, and tail while omitting the leg stripes that real life tabbies usually have.
* Dogs: Solid colored dogs are quite common in animation (brown, yellow, black, and white are the main colors), as are white or yellow dogs with black ears, tails, and/or "saddle" markings.
* Bears (except polar bears and pandas): Brown with a lighter brown or tan colored muzzle and/or belly. In Japanese media bears often have a white "crescent moon" mark on their chest. Bears in Golden Age Cartoons can have a lighter brown or tan facial "mask."
* Foxes: ''Always'' red foxes, with their coats frequently leaning more towards pure red/reddish orange in Western works and nearly yellow in Japanese media.
* Lions: Manes on males will almost always be brown. Cubs are almost always yellow, with no sign of the rosettes (spots) present on real life lion cubs.
* Elephants, Rhinos, and Hippos: Are mostly grey.
* Tigers: Black stripes on orange or yellow fur. Their muzzles, cheeks, paws, and undersides will be either be white like in real life or simply the same color as the rest of their bodies. White tigers are also fairly common. Don't expect to see golden tabby, black, or maltese tigers though.
* Kangaroos and Wallabees: They are mostly brown or grey.
* Koalas: Are grey or grey and white.
* Ostriches: Always black and white. [[AnimalGenderBender Including the females, despite being brown or gray in real life.]] Their necks and legs would either be pink or gray.
* Beavers: Mostly brown fur. Their teeth are usually colored white, despite real beavers having orange or yellow teeth. Their tails will always be either gray or brown.
* Raccoons: Usually gray or brown, with black facial "masks" and black rings around their tails.
* Zebras: Are black and white. Their muzzles may be black like in real life, but will also be gray or beige or white.
* Giraffes: Yellow or orange with brown spots. Their tongues will always be pink, even though real giraffes have black or purple tongues. Older works have orange giraffes with black spots.
* Piranhas: Mostly green, pink, red, blue, or gray. Red-bellied piranhas are quite common.
* Chickens: Often yellow, red, brown, brownish red, reddish brown, white, or white with a red or brown head, neck, and tail feathers. Usually sport a yellow-orange bill and feet and red comb. Roosters can have orange necks and heads and dark green bodies and tail feathers. Chicks are yellow.
* Hawks: Brown feathers all over.
* Electric Eels: Usually green, brown, blue, gray, or black. Real electric eels are dark-brown with an orange underside.

Compare and contrast AmazingTechnicolorWildlife, where animals are colored freely. WhiteBunny is a subtrope. StockObjectColors is a SuperTrope.

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Many cartoon animals have coloration that's consistent across works, even by different animators, but which is not typical of them in RealLife. This has the effect of making identifying the animal as belonging to to a particular species easier for the audience, for instance if a farmyard bird with webbed feet is white or grey, it's a goose; but if it's yellow, it's a duck.

This trope also can also be the result of TheCoconutEffect in action where realistic markings or colorings seem [[RealityIsUnrealistic off to the viewer]], but more often it's a case of ColorCodedForYourConvenience.

'''Typical Animal Colors, Markings, and Patterns in Animated Works in General:'''
* Crows and Ravens: Shiny black feathers with yellow beaks and feet. Real crows and ravens have beaks and feet that are black. The all-black feathered corvid that has a yellow beak in RealLife is a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chough chough.]]
* Alligators and Crocodiles: Bright or dull green scales all over their bodies in cartoons. In RealLife, most species are brownish, grayish, blackish, dark-grayish, or brown- or grey-green.
* Wolves: Black with white or cream-colored slipper-like marked hindfeet, white or cream-colored facial "masks," and sometimes a white or cream-colored tail tip was common in UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation. In
'''See Analysis.TypicalCartoonAnimalColors for more recent works, they are often grey with lighter grey chests, bellies, and muzzles or facial "masks" which is more realistic.
* Frogs and Toads: Generally always green in cartoons (especially frogs) even though real frogs and toads can have any kind of color, markings, or pattern depending on the species.
* Whales and Dolphins: Are usually blue or grey all over (with or without white bellies) in cartoons.
* Canaries: Yellow feathers all over their bodies.
* Goldfish: Usually just either golden yellow, yellow orange, or orange in cartoons (hence the name).
* Reptiles: Most are green, even though real reptiles come in a wide variety of colors and patterns.
* Parrots: Most often green in cartoons- partially TruthInTelevision, as a great number of real life parrot species are green. Scarlet macaws are also fairly common.
* Crabs and Lobsters: Usually red. In real life, there are only a couple of species, mostly crab species, that are red when they're alive. Most only turn red when they're cooked.
* Pigs: Usually pink, although in cartoons of the late 1920s and early 1930s, they may also be [[InkblotCartoonStyle black with white facial "masks" and hooves]].
* Sheep: Usually all have black, white, or tan faces and feet and white wool all over their bodies. A sheep that is black stands out from the rest of the crowd or is otherwise special.
* Goats: Usually tan, grey, white or brown.
* Gorillas and Chimpanzees: Usually brown furred with lighter skin on their hands, feet and faces. In real life the fur may just as well be black as brown and more likely to be black, and unless it's very young, the bare skin will be black or dark grey.
* Monkeys: Like apes, almost always brown-furred with tan hands, feet, and faces.
* Domestic Geese: Yellow-orange bills and feet and all-grey or all-white feathers
* Cattle: Cows are usually either [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holstein_cattle white with black]] or brown blotches or all-brown and bulls are usually all-black in cartoons.
* Rabbits: Often all-white, brown, or grey, although media targeted at younger audiences may also have rabbits in pink- especially when said rabbit character is female. Anthropomorphised rabbits tend to have a white oval belly patch and slipper marked feet. In Japanese media, many rabbits tend to have black tipped ears.
* Ducks: All-yellow or all-white feathers, or mallard coloration if they're wild ducks. Usually sport a yellow-orange bill even if male.
* Horses tend to be solid or pinto. Solid brown, solid black, grey, and pure white are the most common. A pinto will be white and brown.
* Donkeys: Usually brownish or grayish with a lighter colored muzzle, chest, belly, and lighter colored areas around both eyes.
* Mice and rats: Brown, grey, or white fur with pink ears and noses and bare tails. Mice in cartoons often sport a white or lighter colored belly, a slightly furred tail, and a black or dark colored nose.
* Swans: White. When a swan in black, it will be to indicate something special about the animal.
* Skunks: Tend to have white bellies and/or muzzles or facial "masks," as well as the characteristic white stripe(s) on their back.
* Domestic Cats: They often have white tail tips in animation even though white tail tips are rather uncommon on RealLife cats. Black and other solid colored cats, especially those with white paws, bellies, and/or muzzles or facial "masks," and all-white female cats are quite prevalent. Tabbies often have stripes on their heads, back, and tail while omitting the leg stripes that real life tabbies usually have.
* Dogs: Solid colored dogs are quite common in animation (brown, yellow, black, and white are the main colors), as are white or yellow dogs with black ears, tails, and/or "saddle" markings.
* Bears (except polar bears and pandas): Brown with a lighter brown or tan colored muzzle and/or belly. In Japanese media bears often have a white "crescent moon" mark on their chest. Bears in Golden Age Cartoons can have a lighter brown or tan facial "mask."
* Foxes: ''Always'' red foxes, with their coats frequently leaning more towards pure red/reddish orange in Western works and nearly yellow in Japanese media.
* Lions: Manes on males will almost always be brown. Cubs are almost always yellow, with no sign of the rosettes (spots) present on real life lion cubs.
* Elephants, Rhinos, and Hippos: Are mostly grey.
* Tigers: Black stripes on orange or yellow fur. Their muzzles, cheeks, paws, and undersides will be either be white like in real life or simply the same color as the rest of their bodies. White tigers are also fairly common. Don't expect to see golden tabby, black, or maltese tigers though.
* Kangaroos and Wallabees: They are mostly brown or grey.
* Koalas: Are grey or grey and white.
* Ostriches: Always black and white. [[AnimalGenderBender Including the females, despite being brown or gray in real life.]] Their necks and legs would either be pink or gray.
* Beavers: Mostly brown fur. Their teeth are usually colored white, despite real beavers having orange or yellow teeth. Their tails will always be either gray or brown.
* Raccoons: Usually gray or brown, with black facial "masks" and black rings around their tails.
* Zebras: Are black and white. Their muzzles may be black like in real life, but will also be gray or beige or white.
* Giraffes: Yellow or orange with brown spots. Their tongues will always be pink, even though real giraffes have black or purple tongues. Older works have orange giraffes with black spots.
* Piranhas: Mostly green, pink, red, blue, or gray. Red-bellied piranhas are quite common.
* Chickens: Often yellow, red, brown, brownish red, reddish brown, white, or white with a red or brown head, neck, and tail feathers. Usually sport a yellow-orange bill and feet and red comb. Roosters can have orange necks and heads and dark green bodies and tail feathers. Chicks are yellow.
* Hawks: Brown feathers all over.
* Electric Eels: Usually green, brown, blue, gray, or black. Real electric eels are dark-brown with an orange underside.

information.''' Compare and contrast AmazingTechnicolorWildlife, where animals are colored freely. WhiteBunny is a subtrope. StockObjectColors is a SuperTrope.



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* Bird Watchers General Store's article, [[http://www.birdwatchersgeneralstore.com/YellowCrow.htm Real Crows Don't Have Yellow Beaks]] talks about why so many cartoon crows have yellow beaks.

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* Bird Watchers General Store's article, [[http://www.birdwatchersgeneralstore.com/YellowCrow.htm Real Crows Don't Have Yellow Beaks]] talks about why so many cartoon crows have yellow beaks.

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21st Jan '18 3:44:52 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* Bears (except polar bears and pandas): Brown with a lighter brown or tan colored muzzle and/or belly. In Japanese media bears often have a white "crescent moon" mark on their chest. Bears in GoldenAgeCartoons can have a lighter brown or tan facial "mask."

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* Bears (except polar bears and pandas): Brown with a lighter brown or tan colored muzzle and/or belly. In Japanese media bears often have a white "crescent moon" mark on their chest. Bears in GoldenAgeCartoons Golden Age Cartoons can have a lighter brown or tan facial "mask."
17th Jan '18 6:17:23 AM EdnaWalker
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Many cartoon animals have coloration that's consistent across works, even by different animators, but which is not typical of them in RealLife. This has the effect of making identifying the animal as belonging to to a particular species easier for the audience, for instance if a farmyard bird with webbed feet is grey, it's a goose; but if it's yellow, it's a duck. This trope also can also be the result of TheCoconutEffect in action where realistic markings or colorings seem [[RealityIsUnrealistic off to the viewer]], but more often it's a case of ColorCodedForYourConvenience.

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Many cartoon animals have coloration that's consistent across works, even by different animators, but which is not typical of them in RealLife. This has the effect of making identifying the animal as belonging to to a particular species easier for the audience, for instance if a farmyard bird with webbed feet is white or grey, it's a goose; but if it's yellow, it's a duck. This trope also can also be the result of TheCoconutEffect in action where realistic markings or colorings seem [[RealityIsUnrealistic off to the viewer]], but more often it's a case of ColorCodedForYourConvenience.



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* ''Literature/GeronimoStilton'': Most of the mice are grey, light grey, reddish brown, brown, light brown, or orange with white foot soles, muzzles, front sides of their necks, chests, and bellies. Some of them have human-style head hair.



* Most rabbits in ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' and ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' have base color fur with white cheeks and muzzle, front sides of their necks, chests, bellies, undersides of their tails, and slipper-like hindfoot markings.

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* Most rabbits in ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' and ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' have base color (be it grey, cream, blue, pink, e.t.c.) fur with white cheeks and muzzle, front sides of their necks, chests, bellies, undersides of their tails, and slipper-like hindfoot markings.



** The mice in the Characters/SpeedyGonzales cartoons are all tan with black noses, black, threadlike tails, and black head hair.
* Most of the ducks in the WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShorts, ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse, WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987, and WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck are all-white feathered with yellow-orange bills and feet. One notable exception to the all-white duck rule is [[WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck Gosalyn]], who is light-yellow feathered all over.

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** The mice in the Characters/SpeedyGonzales WesternAnimation/SpeedyGonzales cartoons are all tan or light brown with black noses, black, tan, or light brown, threadlike tails, and black head hair.
hair. Some of them have light tan faces.
* Most of the ducks in the WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShorts, ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse, WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987, and WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck are all-white feathered with yellow-orange bills and feet. One Two notable exception to exceptionsto the all-white duck rule is [[WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck Gosalyn]], who is light-yellow feathered all over and [[WesternAnimation/Ducktales2017 Fenton Crackshell-Cabrera]], who has light brown feathers all over.
23rd Nov '17 10:34:02 PM schoi30
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* Electric Eels: Usually green, blue, gray, or black. Real electric eels are brown with an orange underside.

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* Electric Eels: Usually green, brown, blue, gray, or black. Real electric eels are brown dark-brown with an orange underside.
23rd Nov '17 10:31:36 PM schoi30
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* Beavers: Mostly brown fur with white teeth (real beavers have orange or yellow teeth). Their tails will always be either gray or brown.

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* Beavers: Mostly brown fur with white fur. Their teeth (real are usually colored white, despite real beavers have having orange or yellow teeth).teeth. Their tails will always be either gray or brown.
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* Crows and Ravens: Shiny black feathers with yellow beaks and feet (real crows and ravens have beaks and feet that are black. The all-black feathered corvid that has a yellow beak in RealLife is a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chough chough.]])

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* Crows and Ravens: Shiny black feathers with yellow beaks and feet (real feet. Real crows and ravens have beaks and feet that are black. The all-black feathered corvid that has a yellow beak in RealLife is a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chough chough.]])]]




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* Electric Eels: Usually green, blue, gray, or black. Real electric eels are brown with an orange underside.
24th Sep '17 3:13:19 PM nombretomado
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* Notably averted with the crows in ''BillyHatcherAndTheGiantEgg'' because they have a beak and feet color that matches the color of their all-black plumage as crows have in RealLife.

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* Notably averted with the crows in ''BillyHatcherAndTheGiantEgg'' ''VideoGame/BillyHatcherAndTheGiantEgg'' because they have a beak and feet color that matches the color of their all-black plumage as crows have in RealLife.
11th Sep '17 7:43:01 PM schoi30
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* Reptiles: Most are green

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* Reptiles: Most are greengreen, even though real reptiles come in a wide variety of colors and patterns.
30th Jul '17 9:22:55 PM EdnaWalker
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* Horses tend to be solid or pinto. Solid brown, solid black and pure white are the most common. A pinto will be white and brown.

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* Horses tend to be solid or pinto. Solid brown, solid black black, grey, and pure white are the most common. A pinto will be white and brown.



* Tigers: Black stripes on orange or yellow fur. Their muzzles, cheeks, paws, and undersides will be either be white like in real life or simply the same color as the rest of their bodies. White tigers are also fairly common. Don't expect to see gold, black, or maltese tigers though.
* Kangaroos and Wallabees: They are mostly brown.

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* Tigers: Black stripes on orange or yellow fur. Their muzzles, cheeks, paws, and undersides will be either be white like in real life or simply the same color as the rest of their bodies. White tigers are also fairly common. Don't expect to see gold, golden tabby, black, or maltese tigers though.
* Kangaroos and Wallabees: They are mostly brown.brown or grey.
30th Jul '17 9:17:38 PM EdnaWalker
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* Whales and Dolphins: Are usually blue all over (with or without white bellies) in cartoons.

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* Whales and Dolphins: Are usually blue or grey all over (with or without white bellies) in cartoons.



* Crabs and Lobsters: Usually red. In real life, there are only a couple of species that are red when they're alive. Most only turn red when they're cooked.

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* Crabs and Lobsters: Usually red. In real life, there are only a couple of species species, mostly crab species, that are red when they're alive. Most only turn red when they're cooked.



* Sheep: Usually all have black, white, or tan faces and feet and white wool all over their bodies. A sheep that is black stands out from the rest of the crowd.
* Goats: Usually tan, white or brown.

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* Sheep: Usually all have black, white, or tan faces and feet and white wool all over their bodies. A sheep that is black stands out from the rest of the crowd.
crowd or is otherwise special.
* Goats: Usually tan, grey, white or brown.



* Rabbits: Often all-white, brown, or grey, although media targeted at younger audiences may also have rabbits in pink- especially when said rabbit character is female. Anthropomorphised rabbits tend to have a white oval belly patch. In Japanese media, many rabbits tend to have black tipped ears.

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* Rabbits: Often all-white, brown, or grey, although media targeted at younger audiences may also have rabbits in pink- especially when said rabbit character is female. Anthropomorphised rabbits tend to have a white oval belly patch.patch and slipper marked feet. In Japanese media, many rabbits tend to have black tipped ears.



* Domestic Cats: They often have white tail tips in animation even though white tail tips are rather uncommon on RealLife cats. Black and other solid colored cats, especially those with white paws, bellies, and/or muzzles or facial "masks," and all-white female cats are quite prevalent.

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* Domestic Cats: They often have white tail tips in animation even though white tail tips are rather uncommon on RealLife cats. Black and other solid colored cats, especially those with white paws, bellies, and/or muzzles or facial "masks," and all-white female cats are quite prevalent. Tabbies often have stripes on their heads, back, and tail while omitting the leg stripes that real life tabbies usually have.




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* All the pigs in ''Disney/HomeOnTheRange'' are pink with black ears and darker pink backs.




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* Pua the pig ''Disney/{{Moana}}'' is white with grey spots.
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