What Elly May Clampett (Donna Douglas) called her many animals that lived on the grounds of her Beverly Hills mansion on the sitcom THE BEVERLY HILLBILLIES/CBS/1962-71.


Granny Clampett (Irene Ryan) called Elly’s critters “Varmits” and Elly’s hippopotamus pet “the biggest hog I’ve ever seen.”

Elly May’s father, Jed Clampett (Buddy Ebsen) once said “You’ve got so many critters, looks like the waiting room for the Ark.” Elly Mays’ critters included:

  • Fairchild (and Johnny) the Bear
  • Cecil the Beetle (who helped predict the weather)
  • Bobbie the Bobcat
  • Daisy the Buzzard
  • Rusty the swimming Cat
  • Matilda the Cat
  • Henrietta the Chicken
  • Bessie (and Skipper) the Chimpanzee
  • Freddy the Crow
  • Maggie the Deer
  • Gertrude the Duck
  • Duke the Hound Dog
  • Frieda the Eagle
  • Clem (and Thelma) the Goat
  • Sidney the Kangaroo
  • Tommy the Kitten
  • Jasper the Jaquar
  • Jethro (and Herman) the Mountain Lion
  • Nelson the Mule
  • Miriam the Ostrich
  • Henry the Owl
  • Florebell the Pigeon
  • Wendell (and Mickey) the Possum
  • Clyde the Raccoon
  • Whiskers the Seal
  • Smelly the Skunk
  • Mickey the Squirrel
  • Leticia, a Basset Hound
  • Herman the Turkey

Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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