Become aBig Furry FriendsV.I.P.We bring you the world’s most luxurious handmade stuffed plush animals. Not just great personal gifts, these beautiful pieces make great mascots, corporate gifts, and display pieces for homes, offices, theatre, commercial and movie props.Collectors young and old agree these are keepsakes for a lifetime!Little CliffPenguinHandmade in Germanynot available at this timeChillyFormal Penguin 18”HandmadeU.S. Shipping Included$ 127.00OpusPenguinHandmade in Italy by PiutreU.S. Shipping Included$ 160.00PopperPenguinHandmade in Germanynot available at this timeJim, Carla and AngelaPenguin FamilyHandmade in Germanynot available at this timePollyPenguinHandmade in Italy by PiutreU.S. Shipping Included$ 70.00PudgePenguinHandmade in Italy by PiutreU.S. Shipping Included$ 98.60PittsPenguinHandmade in Italy by PiutreU.S. Shipping Included$ 449.00WillyNot-so-Formal Penguin 40”HandmadeU.S. Shipping Included$ 179.00SkipperPenguin 15”HandmadeU.S. Shipping Included$ 159.00MumblePenguinHandmade in Italy by PiutreU.S. Shipping Included$ 126.56Penguins (order Sphenisciformes, family Spheniscidae) are a group of aquatic, flightless birds living almost exclusively in the southern hemisphere, especially in Antarctica. Highly adapted for life in the water, penguins have countershaded dark and white plumage, and their wings have become flippers. Most penguins feed on krill, fish, squid, and other forms of sealife caught while swimming underwater. They spend about half of their life on land and half in the oceans.Although all penguin species are native to the southern hemisphere, they are not found only in cold climates, such as Antarctica. In fact, only a few species of penguin live so far south. Several species are found in the temperate zone, and one species, the Galápagos Penguin, lives near the equator. The largest living species is the Emperor Penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri): adults average about 1.1 m (3 ft 7 in) tall and weigh 35 kg (75 lb) or more. The smallest penguin species is the Little Blue Penguin (Eudyptula minor), also known as the Fairy Penguin, which stands around 40 cm tall (16 in) and weighs 1 kg (2.2 lb). Among extant penguins, larger penguins inhabit colder regions, while smaller penguins are generally found in temperate or even tropical climates (see also Bergmann's Rule). Some prehistoric species attained enormous sizes, becoming as tall or as heavy as an adult human (see below for more). These were not restricted to Antarctic regions; on the contrary, subantarctic regions harboured high diversity, and at least one giant penguin occurred in a region not quite 2,000 km south of the equator 35 mya, in a climate decidedly warmer than today. Penguins are superbly adapted to aquatic life. Their vestigial wings have become flippers, useless for flight in the air. In the water, however, penguins are astonishingly agile. Penguin's swimming looks very similar to bird's flight in the air. Within the smooth plumage a layer of air is preserved, ensuring buoyancy. The air layer also helps insulate the birds in cold waters. On land, penguins use their tails and wings to maintain balance for their upright stance.All penguins are countershaded for camouflage – that is, they have black backs and wings with white fronts. A predator looking up from below (such as an orca or a leopard seal) has difficulty distinguishing between a white penguin belly and the reflective water surface. The dark plumage on their backs camouflages them from above. Diving penguins reach 6 to 12 km/h (3.7 to 7.5 mph), though there are reports of velocities of 27 km/h (17 mph) (which are more realistic in the case of startled flight). The small penguins do not usually dive deep; they catch their prey near the surface in dives that normally last only one or two minutes. Larger penguins can dive deep in case of need. Dives of the large Emperor Penguin have been recorded reaching a depth of 565 m (1,870 ft) for up to 22 minutes. Penguins either waddle on their feet or slide on their bellies across the snow, a movement called "tobogganing", which conserves energy while moving quickly. They also jump with both feet together if they want to move more quickly or cross steep or rocky terrain. Penguins have an average sense of hearing for birds; this is used by parents and chicks to locate one another in crowded colonies. Their eyes are adapted for underwater vision, and are their primary means of locating prey and avoiding predators; in air it has been suggested that they are nearsighted, although research has not supported this hypothesis. Penguins have a thick layer of insulating feathers that keep them warm in water (heat loss in water is much greater than in air). The Emperor penguin (the largest penguin) has the largest body mass of all penguins, which further reduces relative surface area and heat loss. They also are able to control blood flow to their extremities, reducing the amount of blood that gets cold, but still keeping the extremities from freezing. In the extreme cold of the Antarctic winter, the females are at sea fishing for food leaving the males to brave the weather by themselves. They often huddle together to keep warm and rotate positions to make sure that each penguin gets a turn in the center of the heat pack. They can drink salt water because their supraorbital gland filters excess salt from the bloodstream. The salt is excreted in a concentrated fluid from the nasal passages. The Auk of the Northern Hemisphere is superficially similar to penguins: they are not related to the penguins at all, but considered by some to be a product of moderate convergent evolution. A stuffed toy, stuffie, or plushie toy is a toy sewn from cloth, plush, or other textiles, and stuffed with straw, beans, plastic pellets, cotton, synthetic fibres, or other similar materials. Stuffed toys are also known as plush toys (U.S. English) from plush, the outer material used, and soft toys or cuddly toys (British English). They are made in many different forms, often resembling animals, legendary creatures, cartoon characters or inanimate objects.
Become aBig Furry FriendsV.I.P.LuxuryAll our animals are hand-made from the finest plush stuffed animal artisans in the world.They are life-like, some lifesize and all realistic with careful attention to detail.They make an impressive gift, whether corporate or personal, but also make a statement as a corporate mascot or display at your company’s headquarters.Our plush animals are used for staging homes for sale, creating themed weddings, conventions and events where these furry friends add a real ‘wow factor’.Our life-like plush stuffed animals have also been used in museums, as well as theatrical props in movies, commercials and on live stage productions all over the world.What is contained here is a sampling of what our artisans have to offer - If you can imagine it, we can create it for you!PhotographyStudio Props - Interior designStagingfor home rental or sale Non-taxidermy Propsfor Commericals, Television, Moviesand Theatre Stage Museumdisplays Themed Decorfor weddings, parties, corporate eventsCorporate gift ideas and Mascots, College and other school Mascots,Luxurygifts for, friends, family or yourself. Luxurious Costumes for Carnevale, Halloween and dress-up. Corporate Branding If we don’t have it, we can create it just for you You deserve theVery Best