Random thought. I don't think we've had extra lives confirmed and I don't think anyone else has even brought it up. I think the fruit or the medals might be trying to fill in for that? If anything is possible, I might even say that the fruit serves a purpose with some form of a-life system (not necessarily Chao, but maybe there's something unseen they're doing with saved animals in this game.) If other people are going to do it, I might as well too.