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Plush Unicorns February 25, 2010

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Most children that read books (or have books read to them) and/or see movies, have likely come across unicorns in the stories. Unicorns are fantastic mythical creatures that are shrouded in legend. There are so many tales about unicorns, in fact, that they are just too numerous to mention! Plush unicorn stuffed animals are now so popular in fact, that parents should not be surprised when their child asks for a plush unicorn instead of a standard teddy bear.

Given the myth and magic that surrounds unicorns, it’s no wonder that plush unicorns are very popular toys amongst children. Unicorns have the body of a horse but have a single spiraling horn that grows out of their forehead. The image most familiar to us is the one of a classic looking white horse (with the horn), but a traditional unicorn has a beard like a billy-goat, a lions tail, and cloven hooves. Plush unicorn stuffed animals look like the classic horse but come in a variety of sizes and colors.

A unicorn’s horn was sometimes referred to as an ‘Alicorn’ and was very valuable. As it was more expensive than gold, only Kings and Emperors could afford to buy them. The horn was in great demand as it was reputed to promise a long and healthy life, however, coming across one that was completely intact was rare; bull horns, goat horns and even dog bones were often used as poor substitutes when the real thing couldn’t be found.

The horn was also considered magical and was used as ingredients in medieval medicine. It was so revered, in fact, that just its presence was considered protection from poison that may have been found in food. In addition, when the horn was worn in jewelry, it was said to protect the wearer against evil. Given a plush unicorn is the next best thing to the real animal, imagine what a child could dream up if they had one.

Unicorn sightings throughout history have been rare but allegedly go back as far as Adam and the Garden of Eden. It has even been reported that Confucius, Alexander The Great, and Julius Caesar, have all seen one. With a plush unicorn, mysterious [and rare] sightings would certainly not be a problem for its very lucky owner!

While we may not think of a plush unicorn as the same sweet and cuddly teddy bear that children often turn to for comfort, any child will certainly feel the urge to to wrap their arms around this curious creature for some instant love. Even though they don’t exist in the real world, they are very real to a child. With all the love a child has to give, their is certainly room in their heart for a plush unicorn.

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Plush White Tiger

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One can’t help but look on in wonder at a white tiger. After all, they’re not something you see everyday. Even a plush white tiger is unusual to see especially next to the orange and black variety. Both kinds, however, are equally huggable.

Due to their white coloration, these tigers are very popular zoo attractions and often are responsible for getting visitors to come out just to see them. While some may not have a fondness for animals in zoos, sometimes it seems to be the only way to protect a species, especially tigers. If you’re lucky enough to see one of these tigers in a zoo, you can be certain that it’s a descendant of a white tiger named Mohan. After his mother was killed in India in 1951, the lone cub was found and captured. Later on in his life, he was bred to a standard colored tiger. The family tree moved on from there.

These tigers have become increasingly famous in recent years as they were once used in magicians Siegfried & Roy’s Las Vegas stage performances; they referred to them as “royal white tigers”. You can be certain that the sale of white plush tigers increased after visits to their show.

One might think that because of their unique white coat and black/brown stripes, white Siberian tigers are somehow different from the standard orange and black ones. That is simply not the case. They are different in appearance only and are identical in every other way to what we think as a ‘normal’ colored tiger. These tigers get their unusual coloring from a recessive gene that gives them their pale fur. They also have a pink nose, pink pads on the bottom of their paws, and blue eyes. These interesting facts are just a few of many that can be passed on to a child (or an adult) that is lucky enough to become the recipient of a plush white tiger.

Like all tigers in the wild, the white Siberian tiger is an endangered cat. It has been reported that in the last 100 years, less than a dozen white tigers have been spotted in India, though still others claim there are close to 500 in the wild. In order to draw attention to their plight, why not consider purchasing a white plush tiger over an orange and black one, the next time you’re in the market for a stuffed animal? There is of course, the cuddle factor to consider as well. While the real thing looks especially ‘cuddable’, so is true of the plush variety. A white plush tiger is also an unusual addition to any child’s collection of stuffed toys; like the real animal, a plush white tiger is not one we expect to see amongst a plethora of plush.

 

Large Plush Horse

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Oh, what a child wouldn’t give to have a horse all their own! Unfortunately, not all children get to be so lucky. They can, however, have the next best thing: a large plush horse. Some large plush horse toys are so big, they can be ridden by children up to 100 pounds in weight. Just imagine having a plush horse without any of the upkeep! Wouldn’t Mom and Dad be happy about that?!

Horses were first domesticated around 4000 BCE. It has been reported that by 2000 BCE, domesticated horses were being used throughout the Eurasian continent. Horses were used to help farm soil, to wage war, to provide recreation, and even for companionship. Today, they are also active in police work, entertainment, and therapy.

Horses have always served as symbols of power, grace and freedom. They provide an unending source for anyone’s imagination. The domesticated horse is just one member of the horse family called Equidae. Only six other species survive, some precariously. There are more than 300 breeds of horses the world over; they are generally classified into three categories: “Hot bloods” (speed and endurance used for racing), “cold bloods” (used for slow, heavy work), and “warmbloods” (a cross between hot and cold blood – used for riding). A child won’t really care what ‘breed’ of large plush horse they have – as long as they have one is all that matters!

Horses can vary in size depending on what breed they are. They have long heads and necks and slender legs. A mane covers their neck and they have long tails which are covered with long flowing hair. A horses coat color is diverse and is often complimented with very distinct markings. Plush horses are modelled after their real counterparts. They are so realistic looking that any child could imagine they are out in a large open field with their beloved friend. A plush large horse is the next best thing to a real one and any child will cherish these lovely plush animals.

Wild horses, like mustangs, are particularly interesting, especially to children who enjoy stories about horses. They typically roam the North American West and were first descended from horses brought to the America’s by the Spanish. Today, wild horses are protected in the United States and only a few hundred continue to survive in Alberta and British Columbia in Canada. With large plush horse toys in their possession, a child can have it as long as they choose.

 

Penguin Stuffed Animal

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What is it that makes penguins the adorable and popular creatures they are? Is it their cute waddling walk or their tuxedo coloring? Whatever it is, penguin stuffed animals are just as beloved as the real thing – having one is the next best thing to a teddy bear!

In 2005 a French Documentary was produced called March of the Penguins. It’s a fascinating look at the yearly journey Emperor Penguins take across Antarctica – where some of the coldest conditions on Earth exist. In the fall, when these penguins are five years old (and older), every one of them leaves their ocean home and heads inland to their breeding grounds. It’s here where male and females all find a partner for that breeding season; each female penguin then lays a single egg.

While all the males huddle together through the [-80 Fahrenheit] winter to protect and incubate their one precious egg, the females travel the long journey back to the ocean for food. It is there where they eat for their own nourishment and also to bring additional food back to their baby chicks [once they have hatched]. Penguin stuffed animals could ideally be bought in pairs so as to mimic this incredible yearly ritual. Children will undoubtedly be fascinated by the amazing story as well.

Penguin stuffed animals come in all sizes and look identical to the birds they are modeled after. And, yes, they are part of the bird family. They are of course aquatic, don’t fly and live mostly in the Southern Hemisphere. What would be wings on a flying bird (like a robin or sparrow), are turned into flippers for swimming for penguins. Penguins eat various types of sealife like fish and squid and spend half their lives in the ocean (even eating under water – they can stay immersed up to 18 minutes) and half their life on land. It wouldn’t be very wise to immerse a penguin stuffed animal under water given its artificial plush coat – penguin stuffed animals are made for hugging and cuddling, not for swimming!

The Emperor Penguins depicted in March of the Penguins, are the largest of the 17 species of penguin that exist. They are three and a half feet tall and weigh up to 75 pounds and more. The smallest penguin is called the Fairy Penguin (or “Little Blues”due to their blue and gray colored feathers) and is only 16 to 17 inches tall! They weigh about two pounds and are only found in the Southern Hemisphere (Australia, New Zealand and Tasmania) where the climate is warm. Fairy penguins live until about they are seven years old while it is believed Emperor Penguins can live until they are fifty.

Given penguins stand upright and look after their young, it could explain our ongoing fascination with them. They are also social and curious, like we are. For these reasons alone, what could be a better companion for a child than a penguin stuffed animal?

 

Giant Stuffed Monkeys

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Monkeys are so much like humans that it’s been reported they share 99% of our DNA. That’s quite extraordinary when you think about it. It could be one of the reasons we are so enthralled by monkeys when we see them. They are so much like us that we can relate to them on a level different from most other animals.

Like humans, monkey hands have thumbs and fingers but unlike us, their hands have weak small thumbs. Monkeys fingers are long and powerful and they form a hook which they use to climb trees and suspend from branches. While monkeys don’t use their thumbs like we do (they are too weak to be able to tie a knot or write with a pen), they instead use their very adept fingers similarly to a human baby who hasn’t quite learned to use its hand properly. While we would grasp a nut with our thumb and forefinger, monkeys (like babies) grasp it between their fingers and their palm. It’s no wonder with all the similarities we share, that giant stuffed monkeys are such popular plush toys, particularly amongst children. By the same token, a giant stuffed monkey is just such a lovable pet that they’re simply hard to resist.

There are more than 150 known species of monkey. They live in two regions of the world and are known as either Old World or New World monkeys. Old World monkeys can be found living in Asia and Africa (like baboons) and New World monkeys live in Mexico and Central and South America (like spider monkeys). Luckily, with a giant stuffed monkey, you don’t have to worry about where they come from or whether or not they can adapt to their habitat – all they require is lots of love and even more cuddles!

Giant stuffed monkeys are made to replicate their real counterparts, though it’s interesting to note that there are some slight differences between the species depending on where they come from. For example, an Old World monkey has a nose with small nostrils that are close together, while a New World monkey has round nostrils which are far apart. Another of their differences is in their cheeks; Old world monkeys have pouches in their cheeks which they use to stuff food into – they can then run with the food in their mouth and chew on it later. New World monkeys, on the other hand, don’t have cheek pouches at all. It’s likely that a child won’t care about such details as nostrils and cheeks when they are given a giant stuffed monkey. After all, that monkey doesn’t need to be fed and certainly doesn’t need to breathe (if only in our imaginations). Giant stuffed monkeys are just so adorable to look at that all a child will care about is keeping it close so they can be sure to get the maximum amount of snuggle out of it!

 

Lion Stuffed Animals

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Whether you are a child or an adult, you likely have seen either the film or stage version of Disney’s The Lion King. It’s the story of a lion in the Pride Lands of Africa, who rules over all the other animals as King. At the beginning of the story, all the animals gather at Pride Rock where King Mufasa’s new cub Simba is presented for all to see. Mufasa teaches important lessons to his son [Simba] including “the circle of life” – a delicate balance affecting all living things. Throughout the story, young Simba’s Uncle Scar covets Mufasa’s throne for himself and hatches a terrible plan to ensure he becomes the next King. As a result, Simba loses his father to Scar’s evil trickery and runs off thinking he was the cause of his father’s untimely death. After years pass, Simba eventually returns to Pride Rock and rightfully claims his father’s throne as King. And so the circle of life continues. If you’re particularly fond of the this story, lion stuffed animal likenesses of Simba are available in different variations – a treat for any child or collector of these stunning wild animals.

For all of their roaring and ferociousness, lions are beloved by all who see them. With the male lions beautiful golden mane, they are a site to behold. Next to the real thing, children in particular, adore lion stuffed animals. They come in a multitude of sizes and are extremely loveable. With their soft fur-like plush bodies, children will cozy up to them immediately. The smaller version of lion stuffed animals are also great for close cuddles and hugs. While we would all love to get up close to a real lion, that’s entirely out of the realm of possibility. As is the case, a lion stuffed animal is the next best thing.

Children (and/or adult plush collectors) will benefit from all they can learn about lions once they have a lion stuffed animal. After all, if you have one, why not use it for education about the real thing? Amazingly enough, despite the size of a lion (males can weigh more than 550 pounds), they’re only the second largest wild cat next to the tiger. Lions live in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia and have all but disappeared from Northern Africa. In the wild they can live between 10 and 14 years of age while in captivity their lifespan can be more than 20 years. Typically male lions don’t usually live past the age of ten in the wild due to their continuous fighting with rival males. Luckily, with a lion stuffed animal, age is not a factor!

Lions are family animals and live in prides consisting of many females, their cubs and no more than two males. Prides can be as small as three or as large as 40 – it’s in the pride where they hunt, raise their cubs and defend their territory as a group. Many online stores offer lion stuffed animals that come as a family which consists of various sizes of three lions. In addition, they can be posed to lie down or sit up thus mimicking the real thing.

 

Giant Stuffed Bears

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Who doesn’t love a large, roly poly, oh-so-snuggable, bear? One look at them and the urge to throw your arms around one and squeeze is just too much for one to resist! Beary big hugs are the ultimate feel good gift – no one should have to do without them.

There are eight living species of bear which include: black bear, brown bear, polar bear, Asiatic black bear, sloth bear, spectacled bear, sun bear, and giant panda. All are adorable in their own right and all are equally huggable just like the giant stuffed bears made in their likeness.

Bear habitats are very widespread through both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres; they can be found in North America, South America, Europe and Asia. Besides color, bears look the same: they have large bodies, and stocky legs, long snouts, shaggy hair and short tails. Giant stuffed bears are available in a variety of colors (and species) but if you want to stick as close to the real thing as possible, it’s probably better to opt out of purchasing pink and blue ones.

Bears can be found in a variety of children’s stories and cartoons and are well known to most kids and adults. Baloo is a brown bear who has a penchant for sleeping. He is depicted in Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book (both a classic book and a later Disney cartoon). Yogi bear is also fictional and was given his own cartoon by Hanna-Barbera. In it, he and his partner-in-crime, Boo Boo, live in Jellystone Park (after Yellowstone National Park) where they try and steal picnic baskets from unsuspecting campers. There is also Winnie the Pooh Bear (owned by young Christopher Robin and portrayed in A.A. Milne’s collection of stories), Smokey the Bear (a mascot of the U.S. Forest Service who helps to educate about the danger of fire), Fozzie Bear (the lovable Muppet who tells jokes) and Paddington Bear (a character in children’s literature who wears an old hat and carries a battered suitcase). Every one of these bears has been made into a giant stuffed bear at one time or another and each of them is more huggable than the next. Cozying up to a giant stuffed bear, whether they came from a piece of famous literature (or television show or movie), is just about as good as it gets in the comfy department.

Any giant stuffed bear that becomes part of a child’s life or a collectors plush toy collection, is one lucky bear indeed. Children [and adults] take great care of their giant stuffed bears – they love them and treat them like members of the family. Some children won’t even think of leaving the house or going to sleep without their cuddly companion. A giant stuffed bear is more than just a plush toy – it’s a lifelong friend and trusted confidante.