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Basic Trope: An animal is seen outside of its natural habitat.

  • Straight: The story is set in the jungles of Southeast Asia, but the monkeys in the jungle are New World monkeys with prehensile tails, not Old World monkeys with non-prehensile tails.
  • Exaggerated: A polar bear is seen on a beach in Hawaii.
  • Downplayed: Galapagos tortoises are on one of the Galapagos islands that they don't inhabit.
  • Justified:
    • The story is about a Multinational Team of Funny Animals, so it's unavoidable for a lot of them to spend a lot of time outside of their usual habitats.
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    • The polar bear escaped from a zoo and wandered onto the beach.
    • The Misplaced Wildlife was introduced to the area by humans.
    • The animal in question was migrating and got diverted by a storm, or has an illness/injury that affects its ability to navigate properly.
  • Inverted: The North Pole has polar bears walking everywhere. All polar bears in the story outside their habitat try to escape to the North Pole as fast as they can.
  • Subverted: The monkeys in the Southeast Asian jungle appear to be Old World monkeys.
  • Double Subverted: But one of them grabs a branch with its tail.
  • Parodied: A group of astronauts find monkeys chilling around in a planet outside of our solar system! Not only they have adapted perfectly fine to the strange environment, but they can roam around freely, in an atmosphere that would kill humans instantly, without any kind of external protection nor breathing device!
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  • Zig Zagged: Two monkeys are sitting in a tree in the Southeast Asian jungle: one with prehensile tail and one without.
  • Averted:
    • No wildlife appears that would not normally be found in this setting.
    • The series does not deal with wildlife or take place outdoors.
  • Enforced: The story called for an animal that they couldn't afford to film in an appropriate setting (or even one resembling it).
  • Lampshaded: "Strange. These monkeys don't belong here."
  • Invoked: Someone introduces New World monkeys to Southeast Asia, where they out-compete their Old World cousins.
  • Exploited: The monkeys are captured and put in a zoo without any need to travel to their natural habitat to find them.
  • Defied: Zoo animals, pets, etc. are carefully contained so they don't escape into the wild, and strict laws are enforced regarding the transport of wildlife into and out of the country.
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  • Discussed: "Y'know, I'm not sure if they have penguins in the Arctic..."
  • Conversed: "They did it again! It's like none of the animals on this show know where they live."
  • Deconstructed: Animals and plants that are not native to an area can do a lot of damage to native flora and fauna.
  • Reconstructed: The animals and plants that don't belong there find that they fit perfectly into their new niche. They compete (but don't out-compete) with native species, and don't cause problems.
  • Played For Laughs: A polar bear winds up in Hawaii, and decides to take a vacation... Much to the chagrin of a bunch of terrified tourists!
  • Played For Drama: The polar bear decides to kill several tourists.

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