MUNCH, the healthy eating dragon, has survived.
Kirklees Council's school dinner mascot was threatened with the axe after the previous person who had the job left.
No-one initially offered to take on the demanding role.
But an ideal candidate to don the monster suit was found when the job was re-advertised.
The new Munch is due to have its first outing with the new term with handler Lynne Gilbert next Monday.
"He's alive and kicking and raring to go!" said a delighted Lynne.
The friendly dragon, now nine years old, encourages children to stick to their greens.
Lynne said: "Younger children who have not met Munch before usually look up in awe and shy away but they get better when they see him dancing and squeaking.
"They think he's highly funny."
Munch's busy schedule sees him visit about three schools every week.
Lynne confessed she had feared the carrot-eating dragon faced extinction.
"We had thought about it when we couldn't find a Munch-wearer but the children would be desperately sad.
"We didn't know what to tell them - whether Munch had died or flown away."
When news of Munch's uncertain future was first reported, dozens of university students contacted Kirklees Council.
They had been the very first youngsters to receive Munch's good advice.
"When we were recruiting we had several e-mails from students who remembered Munch and offered to come and wear the suit in their holidays."
The new Munch is Annette Tedder, of Shepley.
"She's a really bubbly character who is particularly interested in getting children interested in healthy eating," said Lynne.
Her first job is probably going to be at Honley Infant school in the week beginning September 22.