|PERFORMER||Sarai Tzuriel 1983-1993|
|Guy Friedman 1998-2000|
Kippi Ben Kippod (קיפי בן קיפוד) (translated means Kippi son of Hedgehog) lives on Rechov Sumsum, the first Israeli co-production of Sesame Street. Kippi is a full-bodied character who is cheerful and optimistic, and has a pet goat named Sheba.
Kippi also appeared, along with other international Sesame Street Muppets, in the special Sesame Street Stays Up Late.
For Rechov Sumsum/Shara'a Simsim, the Israeli/Palestinian co-production, Kippi, along with Moishe Oofnik, was retained. Kippi was redesigned for the new show, with a more traditional "Muppety" design, and has a male performer, Guy Friedman.
For US co-productions, such as Shalom Sesame, the producers chose to translate kippod (קיפוד) as "porcupine," and Kippi refers to himself as "your friendly neighborhood porcupine." Bill Cosby also refers to Kippi as a porcupine in the Sesame Street: 20 and Still Counting special.
The translation of קיפוד is actually "hedgehog," according to Milon, a Hebrew-English dictionary. Hedgehogs and porcupines are often confused by laypeople, although they are not part of the same family.