New Mexico, Old Monster
Flashlights reveal the Wakumi
What's New, Scooby-Doo?
Episode # 213
US Air date March 26, 2004 (The WB)
Written by Ed Scharlach
Directed by Tim Maltby
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New Mexico, Old Monster is the thirteenth episode of the second season of What's New, Scooby-Doo?, and the twenty-seventh episode overall in the series.


Visiting Shaggy's old friend Jimmy Proudwolf, the gang learns of a Wakumi bird that has been snatching mountain climbers. But they soon learn that there is more going on than meets the eye.


In New Mexico, a climber is ascending a mountain, but is grabbed by a large hawk.

The gang decide to visit Jimmy Proudwolf, an old friend of Shaggy's, and Jimmy's dog, Shooby, while driving through New Mexico on their way to an art show in Santa Fe. The two dogs are having fun, herding sheep until the giant hawk who grabbed the climber flies towards them. The rest of the gang comes out to fend off the hawk but it snatches Shaggy art project for the International art show. Then a bird watcher, Avery Orenthal comes to find the hawk himself.

In a sweat lodge, a strange shaman tells the gang that the giant hawk called the Wakumi is a legendary bird. When the shaman finishes the story, the gang decide to solve the riddle of the Wakumi. When they start, they find Shaggy's art project being dropped and shattered in front of them then the Wakumi attacks. When they escape, Avery shows up again, having heard the commotion. When he hears that the Wakumi has flown upt the mountain, he drives off. The gang climbs up the mountain with the help from a brilliant mountain climber named Cody long. Daphne finds an oxygen tank on a ledge. Then the Wakumi snatches Daphne and the gang decide to rescue her. They've been climbing up the mountain all day and the Shaman warns the gang to turn back. But the gang refuses because they can't turn back if they want to get to Daphne.

The gang gets chased by the Wakumi again. When they finally get to the top, they notice soldiers are researching a big meteaor. They begin sneaking around when they spot Avery in a tree who accidently interrupts the soldiers research using a mating call. The gang get away and find Daphne locked up with the mountain climber who was grabbed by the Waumi. The climber's name is Leon Strongfeather. Fred tries to get the prisoners free but the Wakumi attacks again. When they escape, Fred builds a hang glider and they fly away and save Daphne and Leon. When the Wakumi attacks, Scooby-Doo falls from the hang glider and lands on the Wakumi who, unable to bear Scooby's weight, crashes to the ground. The gang find out the Wakumi is a great big glider made over to look like an eagle. and Daphne notices the air bottles like the one she found. They were for breathing in the high altitude and they unmask the Wakumi. Unfortunately, it is nobody the gang has ever met. Scooby puts the shaman's mask on the man and The culprit tells the gang his name is Col. Henry Thornwald who is head of the research group the gang found earlier. The meteor was kept top secret. He explains that he's the one who dressed up as the Shaman to make up legends about the Wakumi and to prevent people from noticing the meteor.

Avery is disappointed that the Wakumi is a legend until Velma gives the Wakumi's head to Avery. Jimmy and Shooby come out and give them a dreamcatcher and a box of Shooby Snax. Shaggy just wishes that he still had his sculpture of Scoob for the exhibit tomorrow but Jimmy tells him to think back to "Their days in the sandbox". That night, it is revealed that Shaggy has made Scooby pose as a life-like statue (colored in sand) for the exhibit. Meanwhile, unknown to all, a bright light flashes in the sky, before racing away.


Main characters:

Supporting characters:


  • Wakumi (single appearance)(no lines)(Henry Thornwald's disguise)
  • Shaman (single appearance)(Henry Thornwald's disguise)
  • Henry Thornwald (single appearance)

Other characters:

  • Road Runner (single appearance)(unnamed)(cameo)
  • Wile E. Coyote (single appearance)(no lines)(unnamed)(cameo)
  • Sheep (single appearance)(no lines)
  • Tweety (single appearance)(photograph)(unnamed)(cameo)





Suspect Motive/reason
Avery Orenthal He always showed up just after the Wakumi left.
Cody Long She didn't want to bring the gang on the top of the mountain.
Shaman He warned the gang to turn back.


Culprit Motive/reason
Col. Henry Thornwald as the Wakumi and the Shaman To keep people away from a secret government project.


Frank Welker Scooby-Doo
Fred Jones
Wakumi[citation needed]
Casey Kasem Shaggy Rogers
Mindy Cohn Velma Dinkley
Grey DeLisle Daphne Blake
Irene Bedard Cody Long
Michael Horse Leon Strongfeather
Phil La Marr Col. Henry Thornwald
Rob Paulsen Avery Orenthal
Billy West Jimmy Proudwolf
Paul Julian[Note 1] Road Runner


Song Credits Performed by
"No Control" Credits Blackfire


  • Jimmy's dog Shooby, has a few distinguish characteristics of Scooby's brother Yabba-Doo, same shaped spots, pointed ears and wears a red bandanna.

Cultural references

In other languages

Language Name Meaning
Greek Το Φάντασμα του Μεξικού
Το Αρχαίο Τέρας του Νέου Μεξικού
The Ghost of Mexico
The Ancient Monster of New Mexico

Home media


Henry Thornwald: Nobody's gonna believe a bunch of meddling kids!


  1. Archive audio.

External links

  • TBA

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