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Out of the Pokémon episodes that I have seen, I do not remember ever seeing an animal that wasn't a Pokémon. I have also not heard of animals being present in Pokémon.

Which lead me to wonder: Are there ever any animals that aren't Pokémon present in any episode or Pokémon manga?

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    Does the worm that Pidgey eats in the first episode count? – IG_42 Nov 20 '15 at 16:43
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    @IG_42 - I've just re-watched Pokemon Indigo League Episode 1, but i couldn't see an actual worm, just him pecking the ground – Tamz_m Nov 20 '15 at 17:03
  • Oh i was sure i could see something wriggling – IG_42 Nov 20 '15 at 17:15
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    @IG_42 That's actually episode 3 where a pidgeotto eats a worm – Ivo Beckers Nov 22 '15 at 0:37
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    See also scifi.stackexchange.com/q/127252/4918 "Do regular animals exist in the Pokémon universe?" on Science Fiction & Fantasy SE. – b_jonas May 6 '16 at 19:21
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In Gastly's Pokédex entry for Fire Red it states

a being that exists as a thin gas. It can topple an Indian elephant by enveloping the prey in two seconds.

Fish are also seen in the episode Pokémon Shipwreck:

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When researching to see if there has ever been an animal featured that isn't a Pokémon in a scene or Manga I came across this on Bulbapedia's article Animals in the Pokémon world:

Real-world animals have been mentioned a number of times to exist in the world of Pokémon. Most often, they are mentioned in relation to a Pokémon category. For example, Pikachu is known as the "Mouse Pokémon" and was directly referred to in the anime as an "electric mouse", hinting that real-world mice exist in the Pokémon world. Other than this, all other mentions of animals are rare.

There was also this image: Let's have a Festival Pokémon Picture Book

Which clearly shows a dog. However, this is the only image I could find of an animal that isn't a Pokémon.

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    Actually, "electric mouse Pokémon" doesn't exactly imply there are real-world mice in-universe. Pikachu isn't the only mouse Pokémon, and also not the only electric one. Saying "a Pikachu is a mouse Pokémon", would be like saying "a Labrador is a dog animal". It's kinda redundant, but it doesn't really have any deeper meaning to it either. – Nolonar Nov 20 '15 at 21:37
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There's a pretty comprehensive list of animal occurences in pokemon on Bulbapedia here.

Examples:

  • In "Ash Catches a Pokémon" Pidgeotto is seen eating a regular worm before being captured by Ash.
  • In "The Water Flowers of Cerulean City" fish can be seen in the fish tanks inside the Gym
  • In "Battle Aboard the St. Anne" a cooked lobster can be seen as food served on the ship.
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Several examples exist in early episodes. Shortly before Ash catches Pidgeotto, it eats a worm, possibly the smallest non-Pokémon animal the anime ever showed. References to such species lasted longer than their appearances. In a much later episode, Ash mentions catfish.

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In one of the episodes in the indigo league they eat muskrat kebabs and say themselves it's muskrat. Don't know which episode though

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