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As all our animals are handmade, sizes and weights are approximate measurements - no two animals are alike. Additionally, stock images are used in many cases, which may not reflect the precise coloring or facial expression of the animal you receive. Various computer screen resolutions may also affect your view of coloring, as well as the pose of the animal in the image. Many items are made-to-order, and so we request and strongly recommend that you ask any/all questions prior to ordering. Please note: our animals are meant to be for collectors or display pieces unless otherwise noted.Big Furry Friends offers Luxury Plush Stuffed Animals, Displays, and Props. We offer lifelike, life size, realistic, giant, large big and small animals handmade by Piutre, Koesen, Hansa, Ditz Designs and more. They make wonderful keepsakes, as well as theater props for stage and screen and can be seen in theatres around the world. Big Furry Friends animals make great additions to interior design and home staging, as well as non-taxidermy props for commercials, television and movies. Plush stuffed animals are widely used in themed decor for weddings, parties and other events, as well as corporate branding and mascots.
About Kösen: For several years, the design team at Kösen in Germany had been studying real life animals intensively in order to design their plush animals as life-like as possible. An important part is watching the animals at the zoo or even at national parks, like: black bears in Canada, lions in Kenys,orangutans on Sumatra, rhinoceroses in Namibia…. and many others. This intensive experience and learning in the wild is the basis for grasping the nature of animals and to express it in Kösen’s life-like plush animals. Over the past years, the abilities of the cutters, seamstresses and trimesters have improved enormously. New technologies were tested, proven ones have been perfected. The craftsmanship of creating the animals keeps getting more and more refined. Therefore, Kösen has the wish and the urge to demonstrate their proficiency not only in series production but also in exclusive and limited editions. In this way the beauty of the animals become quite an experience both for collectors and animal lover.
The artists at Kösen have been making luxurious and treasured collections for over 100 years.
The designers at Kösen study and draw the animals in their natural habitats or zoos. Then they produce clay models which are revised over and over until their vision for the animal is realized. Because the designers have an eye for special details, the faces are particularly lifelike.
Just one animal can require up to seventy individual pieces of the finest hand-picked fabrics and then finished with its own detailed characteristics.
Wikipedia: The horse is one of two extant subspecies of Equus ferus. It is an odd-toed ungulate mammal belonging to the taxonomic family Equidae. The horse has evolved over the past 45 to 55 million years from a small multi-toed creature into the large, single-toed animal of today. Humans began to domesticate horses around 4000 BC, and their domestication is believed to have been widespread by 3000 BC. Horses in the subspecies caballus are domesticated, although some domesticated populations live in the wild as feral horses. These feral populations are not true wild horses, as this term is used to describe horses that have never been domesticated, such as the endangered Przewalski's horse, a separate subspecies, and the only remaining true wild horse. There is an extensive, specialized vocabulary used to describe equine-related concepts, covering everything from anatomy to life stages, size, colors, markings, breeds, locomotion, and behavior.
Horses' anatomy enables them to make use of speed to escape predators and they have a well-developed sense of balance and a strong fight-or-flight response. Related to this need to flee from predators in the wild is an unusual trait: horses are able to sleep both standing up and lying down. Female horses, called mares, carry their young for approximately 11 months, and a young horse, called a foal, can stand and run shortly following birth. Most domesticated horses begin training under saddle or in harness between the ages of two and four. They reach full adult development by age five, and have an average lifespan of between 25 and 30 years.
Horse breeds are loosely divided into three categories based on general temperament: spirited "hot bloods" with speed and endurance; "cold bloods", such as draft horses and some ponies, suitable for slow, heavy work; and "warmbloods", developed from crosses between hot bloods and cold bloods, often focusing on creating breeds for specific riding purposes, particularly in Europe. There are more than 300 breeds of horse in the world today, developed for many different uses.
Horses and humans interact in a wide variety of sport competitions and non-competitive recreational pursuits, as well as in working activities such as police work, agriculture, entertainment, and therapy. Horses were historically used in warfare, from which a wide variety of riding and driving techniques developed, using many different styles of equipment and methods of control. Many products are derived from horses, including meat, milk, hide, hair, bone, and pharmaceuticals extracted from the urine of pregnant mares. Humans provide domesticated horses with food, water and shelter, as well as attention from specialists such as veterinarians and farriers.