A Harlem resident named Antoine Yates made headlines in August 2003 when authorities found a two-year-old Bengal Tiger named Ming in his apartment.

Tappie, the 1,000-pound manatee that swam up the Hudson to the Tappan Zee Bridge.

A two-year-old peacock escaped from the Central Park Zoo and alighted on a nearby luxury condo building in 2011. The bird still tweets at @birdonthetown.

There are also some tragedies: Sludgie, a minke whale, died in the Gowanus Canal in 2007.

Alligator wrestlers from Florida were called in to detain Damon, an alligator spotted in Central Park.

Perhaps the biggest fameball on the list, the escaped Bronx Zoo Cobra still has almost 200,000 Twitter followers.

The Ghost Dog of Prospect Park is a real dog who many believed to be a myth for years--until the Cane Corso was finally caught (and adopted) in 2011.

Hal, a coyote, made the long trip from Westchester down to the Bronx in 2006. He was tranquilized and released back into the wild.

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An Illustrated Guide To Manhattan's Most Surprising Denizens

A loose coyote is an inconvenience in most parts of the country. In New York, it gets a Twitter account.

An unwitting wild animal wandering into New York tends to whip up a remarkable amount of media frenzy. Who could forget the escaped cobra from the Bronx Zoo, who was caught in 2011 but still has almost 200,000 Twitter followers, or the momma hawk and her brood, perched on the ledge of NYU’s library, who enjoy their own annual live stream on the New York Times website?

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Not all wildlife fameballs are created equal, though. Some are just more charismatic. At least according to MGMT., a Brooklyn design studio who took it upon themselves to create a portrait guide to the most notable animals who’ve wandered into the city. There’s Tappie, the 1,000-pound manatee that swam up the Hudson to the Tappan Zee Bridge, as well as the two-year-old peacock that escaped from the Central Park Zoo and alighted on a nearby luxury condo building. According to the designers, Tappie has “evaded capture and is believed to have escaped to Florida.”

Not all the stories end so well. It turns out that the doomed Gowanus Canal dolphin that inspired this woeful soliloquy on Gawker a few weeks back wasn’t the first victim of the Superfund site. Sludgie, a minke whale that wandered into the canal in 2007, also died there.

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The full portraits, in PDF form, are available here.

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