Let’s Discuss: If Cali Has an Official Dinosaur, Should WeHo Have Its Own Animal?

State Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) has introduced a bill that would give California its first official state dinosaur. The legislation, AB 1540, would honor Augustynolophus morissi, a duck-billed dinosaur that roamed California 66 million years ago.

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The Augustynolophus morrisi, or duck-billed dinosaur, in happier days.

“Dinosaurs are cool and highlighting a dinosaur that has such a deep connection to our state will stimulate interest in paleontology and science overall, particularly with children,” Bloom said in an announcement of the move from his office. “Having an interest in one branch of science often leads a child to be interested in other areas of science so this bill aligns with the investment we have made in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, also known as S.T.E.M, programs.”

If the legislature (and Gov. Jerry Brown) accept Bloom’s proposal, the duck-billed dinosaur (let’s call him “Ducky”) will join the California grizzly bear and the gray whale on the state’s list of official mammals. There also is a state bird, the California quail (Callipepla californica), a state reptile, the desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii), and a state butterfly, the California dog face (known as Colias eurydice or Zerene eurydice).

So that leads to this question: Should West Hollywood have its own official animal? Ours is a city known for its passion for dogs. After all, the City Council officially declared that dog owners are actually dog guardians, sort of a declaration of canine rights. The Council also has banned circuses from West Hollywood (a city they’ve never appeared in) and voted to condemn the dog meat market in Yulin, China.

If our official city animal were to be a dog, what breed would that be? And what other type of animal should the City Council consider, and why? Some in the gay community might endorse the otter. Other residents might suggest the cuckoo, or the stallion or the night owl.

Post your thoughts here, and if there’s some sort of a consensus, perhaps one of our elected representatives will put forward a proposal at a future City Council meeting.

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CA Native
CA Native
5 years ago

Cali? Really? Someone is a transplant and should know better. To most natives, that is a dead giveaway. I know, it’s a minor thing in the article, but seeing that headline on your site compelled me to comment about it.

CA is usually acceptable. CAL is also acceptable, particularly if in the Bay Area. That would be the San Francisco Bay Area; not Frisco. You know, that place with the ‘bridge and tunnel crowd’

Vigilant
Vigilant
5 years ago

A large tortoise. He has a tough shell and can retreat inside and not watch the mayhem that persists around WeHo.

Dan Morin
Dan Morin
5 years ago

I nominate the Dodo, especially in honor of the former Boystown.

fine7760
5 years ago

I vote for the “Pitbull” the most lovable dog I ever owned.

90069
90069
5 years ago

Saber Tooth Tiger is not a dinosaur (reptiles) it is a prehistoric mammal. Domesticated dogs and cats get enough attention from Weho. I’d vote for skunk. I’ve seen a few running around the City and mammals with a penchant for spraying liquids at one another seems appropriate however for exact opposite effect.

Donald Azars
Donald Azars
5 years ago

I thought the Saber Tooth Tiger had been named as such sometime ago.

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