Anyway, it seems that a Tel-Aviv District Court judge concluded that the local Olympians had slipped up badly when they chose Shpitzik the Prickly Pear (below, left) as the Israeli mascot for the impending London 2012 Olympics on account of its similarity to children’s TV star Kishkashta the Singing Cactus (above, right), granting injunctive relief.
The ruling came after Israel Educational Television, which owns the rights to Kishkashta, filed an urgent request with the Tel Aviv District Court asking that the Israel OC be prevented from using Shpitzik, which it has chosen as Israel’s mascot in the London Olympics this summer.
[just over 10,000 euro, or US$ 13,500] to Israel Educational Television, finding that the Committee had taken a well-known character and made use of it by adding some elements, making some minor changes and giving it another nickname.
The IPKat can't resist observing that, when he first saw Kishkashta the Singing Cactus, his immediate thought was, "Goodness, doesn't he look like Shrek!" (right). But what do readers think?
Prickly pear recipes here and here
Other singing cactuses here and here
3.54 million Google search results for 'cactus or cacti' here
A kat-pat to Shabtai Atlow for letting the Kats know about this.