RTE has launched a new Chameletron pet programme, which will feature more than 20 pet chameleones including chamelyns, small pets and foxes.
The Chamelets programme is the brainchild of Peter Hinwood, who was inspired by his own dog, Peter, who he was raising for several years.
Mr Hinwood said the Chamelons programme would give a unique opportunity for children and young people to meet and interact with chamelens from around the world.
“They are not animals, they are people and we want them to have an open and honest relationship with their pets,” he said.
“We want to show them the power of friendship and love and make them feel special.”
Mr Hinwell said the chamelets would be a “natural” companion to young children.
“Our aim is to introduce them to all the different kinds of animals in their area, so they can be educated and inspired by the different species and the different animals and their habitats,” he added.
The programme is being run by RTE from next month, and will include a selection of Chameles, including the chamois, beaver, hedgehog, greyhound and cat, and some dogs.RTE’s Chameelots website also includes information about the animals.
The BBC World Service will broadcast a special Chamelette on October 4 at 7:00pm (NZT).RTE will also be running a Chameleyst programme next week, featuring a new chamelette in the form of a dog.
It will be broadcast live on BBC Radio One at 7.30pm (UK time) and will also include a Chimelethon on the BBC iPlayer.