Where are the famous dogs? Where are the famous animals?

We were having a conversation the other day about famous dogs. There are surprisingly few famous dogs. Then I realized it’s not just that. There are very few famous animals, period.

If you exclude racehorses and the pets of heads of state, these are all the famous animals we could think of:

dogs: Lassie, Rin Tin Tin, Balto
cats: Trim, Grumpy cat, Morris the cat
horses: Clever Hans, Traveller
sheep: Dolly
groundhogs: Punxsutawney Phil
octopuses: Paul
gorillas etc.: Harambe, also that chimp that learned sign language
dolphins: Flipper
cows: Mrs. O’Leary’s
lions: Cecil
elephants: Jumbo
dinosaurs: Sue

That’s only 18. 18! Or 19 if you count Dolly as 2. Just 18 or 19 from the entire animal kingdom. I’m sure we’re missing a few, but still. I wouldn’t have thought that there were so few famous animals (again, not counting racehorses and royal or presidential pets, which I’d consider to be special cases).

P.S. Fictional animals don’t count.