When we speak of stuffed toys, what usually comes to mind are teddy bears or cuddly dogs. Having a duck stuffed animal is not so common, which makes it stand out from the rest. Its bright yellow color and large beak is a pretty addition to an already growing collection of stuffed toys. Besides, ducks are really not domestic pets, so having a duck stuffed animalis in a way a chance to enjoy its company in your home.
Ducks are normally bred on the farm, where they have a large area to roam around to, and preferably a lake to swim on. Buying some with the intention of having them in your home in the city may not be the wisest idea. This may prove costly and at the same time hazardous to the ducks’ health. They need a wide space to walk around to. Keeping them indoors may cause them to eat small objects inside your home, thus make them sick. While having them inside a cage is not really a compassionate thing to do since that is not the habitat they are designed to live in.
Yellow is the first color to enter our minds when we say duck. Thanks to the famous rubber duckling and other cartoon characters that gives life to ducks by use of yellow feathers. In reality, there are many duck species that vary in colors too. For instance, the Mandarin duck which can be found in China and Japan are very colorful. The male ones have red bills and reddish face with a white crescent above their eyes. They have purple breasts and orange sails at the back. The males are more colorful than the females, which is actually because they use their vibrant appearance to attract the females during breeding seasons.
Mallards are commonly found in North America, but have also been introduced in Europe, Asia, Africa, New Zealand, and Australia. They are also called Wild Ducks and dabbling ducks. The females have brown heads, while the males have green heads. They live in wetlands, and eat water plants, snails, and insects. They are considered the ancestors of most farm ducks. The Comb Duck, or Knob-billed Duck, on the other hand, are found in South America. They got their name from the fatty comb found on top of their bill.
Today’s farm ducks can reach up to 12 inches in length, measured from the base of their neck to their tails. This makes them much bigger than their ancestor, the Mallards, which are only 6 inches long. In fact, they are large enough now to be able to swallow a whole adult British Common Frog.
This animal has become more famous through the years because of the many cartoon characters that were based on them. To name a few are Donald and Daisy Duck, Daffy Duck, and Louie Dewey. They are aptly used in cartoons because the way ducks move, with their swaying tails, and the sound they make are sort of funny to see and hear.
With their fame, most toy companies have a duck stuffed animal in their array of soft toys. Tabby Plush has 30” long ducks that are 10” wide. If you want a 22” yellow duck with orange bill, then a visit to Toys R Us will give you one.
A bright colored duck stuffed animal is a very nice addition to a growing stuffed toy collection. It will surely brighten up your day and your room, plus its funny expression is sure to put a smile on everyone’s face.