I suspect many naturalists, as part of their childlike delight in the diversity of creatures (a GOOD thing) secretly or not- so- secretly collect animal toys. He has inspired us to put up a selection of our odd bunch.
From the left rear: warthog, Snowy owl, Patagonia's Penguino (Libby will soon blog the sad tale of its planned extermination-- is it the last of its kind?); Stieff dachshund, parrot -- species non- specific I think. The little bird in the middle with the long beak has been known as the woodcock, but I notice it has nostrils in the end of that beak--?? Then, in front, stag beetle, dragonfly, mopane worm (edible caterpillar I have eaten in Zimbabwe) and a mandrill with movable arms riding a manatee.
And Annie, I don't let the dogs go berserk on them...
Check out this site for some interesting toy animals. Thanks to Darren!