According to Animal Planet, America's favorite wild animal is the dolphin. Number two was the horse (not technically a wild animal, but hey, it's TV). Three was the hummingbird. Ok.
Others in the top 10 was the panda, the butterfly (is that an animal?) and the rabbit.
Americans clearly like cute and cuddly, we aren't big on predators are we? Or ARE we?
Dolphins are some of the most lethal predators in the sea. They have lots of time to play and leap because they are some of the most successful hunters around. Sometimes bad boy dolphins will attack younger members of other pods, kill them and toss their bodies around in "play".
The only thing Americans like better than cute and cuddly is being decieved by appearances.