Puppy Bowl 2012: Kittens, Pigs And Birds Play Supporting Roles (VIDEO)

What do puppies, piggies and birds that use Twitter have in common? They're all going to be a part of the Puppy Bowl, a Super Bowl alternative which celebrates cuteness over gridiron prowess.

With Super Bowl XLVI barely a week away, some fans are already asking, "Are you ready for some football?"

If you aren't, then get ready for some puppies. Puppy Bowl VIII, which will air on Super Bowl Sunday on Animal Planet, is the cutest bowl you've seen since, well, Puppy Bowl VII.

During the Puppy Bowl, you'll get to see adorable canines on a miniature football field showing off their cuteness. But that's not all.

This year's 58 puppies will also be joined by other animals in supporting roles, which, of course, add to the cuteness. According to the video below from Buzz60, the Puppy Bowl will also feature 20 kittens, five pigs, one bird and "a few hamsters."

The kittens will entertain the crowd at halftime, the piggies will lead the pep squad, the bird will be tweeting updates from the game and the hamsters will be "flying" the aerial coverage blimp.

To see Puppy Bowl 2012's starting lineup and get an inside scoop on this year's cutest, click here.

Buzz60's Maureen Aladin explains that all of the puppies in the Puppy Bowl have been rescued from shelters across the U.S. She jokes that while "no puppies have endorsement deals," they all now have loving homes.

Tune in to the Puppy Bowl on Animal Planet from 3-5pm ET on February 5.