Beneath the surface of Mexico City's rivers lurks a cute little amphibious salamander which is unique for retaining its larval phase for its entire life. It has a big head, cute little eyes, and frilly pink gills. It is strangely cute - often kept as a pet - but these creatures are quickly disappearing in the wild due to the destruction of their habit (pollution from Mexico City, and commercial fishing, are both deadly to their home below the sea). I am talking about the Axolotl
(Ambystoma mexicanum). Axolotls are a recent addition to IUCN's list of critically endangered species.
I have loved these little guys for a long time, so I decided to do a tribute to him. He is in the form of a big plush (good for cuddling). He is made from soft polar fleece and stuffing. His gils are made of felt. He is not perfect, but I am happy to say he at least bears a resemblance to the actual creature.
EDIT: Here is a pattern I drew up ^^ (click "save as" or "view image" to view full-size)
NOTE: I may re-stuff him (he's kind of lumpy on the inside)... But, I couldn't wait to share it here. ^^ I hope everyone likes him!!
Thanks for looking!! I will post pics if I decide to update him.