CANCEL YOUR once-in-a-lifetime safari adventure – there’s simply no need for it now that BT Vision has so many impressive animals padding around its Kids TV service. After all, why risk being eaten by a lion when you can watch a plasticine penguin from the comfort of your front room?
Climb aboard your sofa and see if you can spot five of BT Vision’s favourite animals using this handy guide:
Distinguishing features: Commonly found wearing a pink tutu, she is easy to spot among a crowd of field mice.
Diet: Unusually among ballerinas, Angelina loves to stuff her face with cheese pie and sweets.
Habitat: Her mouse paws can be found pirouetting around England’s Chipping Cheddar.
Character: She’s feisty and ambitious – she needs to be if she’s to become the first non-human to dance at the Bolshoi.
Distinguishing features: Like most penguins, Pingu is adapted for life in water. He can also re-shape his beak into a megaphone.
Diet: Fish, obviously – he’s a penguin. But Pingu also eats at the table using a knife and fork, which is an interesting zoological development.
Habitat: Pingu lives in a nice warm Antarctic igloo with his mum, dad and sister Pinga.
Character: A volatile beast, he wears his emotions on his flippers.
Distinguishing features: A piglet with a limited wardrobe, Peppa wears a red dress and black shoes. Every day.
Diet: Ideally, ice-cream and cake. Unless she’s at Rebecca Rabbit’s house, where she eats carrots.
Habitat: Peppa sleeps and feeds in a, er, red-brick house on a hill with a car on the drive.
Character: Peppa’s behaviour closely resembles that of a human child. Which makes her lovely or annoying, depending on how much sleep she’s had.
Distinguishing features: A domesticated feline, Garfield is orange, overweight and has absolutely no interest in chasing mice.
Diet: He has developed human tastes and will shun cat food in favour of lasagne and pizza.
Habitat: Garfield is a territorial animal and doesn’t like moving beyond the boundaries of his sofa.
Character: Cynical and lazy. Unless there’s food involved, he’s not interested.
Distinguishing features: With buck teeth and a yellow, absorbent body, Spongebob is the only known sea sponge to have won an Emmy award.
Diet: Marine-based fast food from the Krusty Krab burger bar, plus delicacies such as seanut brittle and barnacle loaf.
Habitat: Unusually among sea sponges, Spongebob lives in a pineapple with a pet snail called Gary.
Character: Spongebob has a friendly and energetic manner, although his stupidity often leads to dangerous situations.
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