From Season 1 onward, in addition to Muppet and cartoon inserts, Sesame Street made extensive use of film footage of live animals. These films were often either accompanied by a purely orchestral score (usually by Joe Raposo), or occasionally turned into a narrative song, often "performed" by the animal itself through voice-over.

Picture Summary Earliest Known Appearance Animals
Wombat Four legs. Episode 0008 Wombat from Australia
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"Swinging Gibbons" Episode 0009 Gibbons
Zooelephant Parts of an elephant. Episode 0034 Elephant
Somebodycomeandplay
"Somebody Come and Play" Episode 0047 Baby orangutan
2096d "Dressed Up" Episode 0355 Various birds
Warthogfilm A running warthog. Episode 0406 Warthog
Film.hippo Music by Joe Raposo Episode 0415 Hippopotamus
There's a Bird on Me! "There's a Bird on Me" Episode 0536 Birds, rhinoceros, giraffes, elephants, etc.
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A flock of flamingos. Episode 0817 Flamingos
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Music: Joe Raposo Episode 0926 Panda
Itchy-Panda
Scratch an itch. Episode 0931 Panda
Aardvark edited
"I'm an Aardvark" Episode 0941 Aardvark

See also