The use of at least one of the first or second protrusions 18, 20 ensures that the animal toy 10 will provide an irregular and somewhat raised portion above a ground surface upon which the animal toy 10 is placed (or lands if it is thrown). The irregular and raised portions make it easier for a dog (not shown) to pick up and carry the animal toy in its mouth.
Attached to and extending away from the main section 12 is a first protrusion 18 and a second protrusion 20. At least one, namely the first protrusion 18, is required for use with the animal toy 10 in order to realize its advantages. Accordingly, when the animal toy 10 is broken into two (or more) pieces, it is desirable that each piece include at least one of the first or second protrusions 18, 20.
The first end 14 of the animal toy 10 includes a plurality of rings 22 that resemble those of a stick or branch. To further the illusion of being a stick or a branch, a simulated textured bark 24 is disposed along the longitudinal length of the animal toy 10.
Referring now also to FIG. 2, is shown a variety of possible modifications to the animal toy 10. The animal toy 10 is formed of a plurality of cellulose (wood) fibers 26 that are held together in the desired shape by pressing them tightly together, in a manner similar to that which particle board, a building material (not shown), is formed in which the natural resins act as a binding agent under pressure.
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Noah's Ark Bamboo Animal Toy by Ecoboo
The Noah's Ark is a superbly crafted handmade pre-school bamboo toy by Ecoboo, has a traditional design with a selection of biblical animals which your children can fit into a shape sorter on the side of the Ark.
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