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Topic: Giant Plush Axolotl... the Mexican water monster... Cute and cuddly version!  (Read 35499 times)
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« on: November 22, 2008 02:09:34 PM »

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. Smiley

EDIT: Here is a pattern I drew up ^^ (click "save as" or "view image" to view full-size)



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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!!

Actual axolotls:







Thanks for looking!! I will post pics if I decide to update him.  Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2008 02:22:48 PM »

A mAYYYY Zinggg!!!
Beyond that, I'm speechless, and he's also going on to my fave projects of all time list. Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: November 22, 2008 02:24:35 PM »

that is the best plush EVER!
i feel so bad after reading your post, because in the early 90s i purchased one in a fish store (i didnt know they were endangered)  Embarrassed they are the most adorable little creatures!

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« Reply #3 on: November 22, 2008 02:30:20 PM »

I saw the thumbnail and just thought 'WOW an axolotl'  Grin
they are amazing creatures, and that is an awesome plush. It's HUUUUGE! Wink
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« Reply #4 on: November 22, 2008 02:32:20 PM »

I have never seen one before, but I love both the plush you made and the actual animal.  How wonderful.
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« Reply #5 on: November 22, 2008 02:37:28 PM »

that is the best plush EVER!
i feel so bad after reading your post, because in the early 90s i purchased one in a fish store (i didnt know they were endangered)  Embarrassed they are the most adorable little creatures!

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No, don't worry!! They are easy to breed, and flourish in captivity... they are even popular for use in research because they can regenerate lost parts... It's just that  they are disappearing from the wild - they don't have any wild habitat left.

It's kind of like... how there are no more wild dogs or chickens in America; the landscape has changed so much, they can only be kept in captivity (by people) now.

I am glad other people like Axolotls (or at least know what they are). ^^
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« Reply #6 on: November 22, 2008 02:40:39 PM »

Great job!!  He looks wonderful!
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« Reply #7 on: November 22, 2008 02:52:59 PM »

OMG! .....That is absolutely awesome!!!!
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« Reply #8 on: November 22, 2008 03:11:50 PM »

He is gorgeous. Kiss We live in Australia and my son has a pet Axolotl. Your stuffy is fantastic and both my kids love it. Cheesy I will keep a look out for a pattern - my son really wants one now.
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« Reply #9 on: November 22, 2008 03:19:01 PM »

So adorable!
Never had much interest in having a real axolotl, but I'd love having a giant cuddly plush version like this.  Cheesy
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