Stuffed zoo animals used to just sit there until they came to life in my imagination. When I was a kid, the stuffed animals in my bedroom were my rainy day pals when all the children in my neighborhood were stuck with their noses pressed against the window glass. If I got into trouble and was confined to my room as punishment my stuffed toys were my allies and didn't mind a bit that I dried my tears on their plush fur coats.
Toys have come a long way in a very short time. Once upon a time teddy bears and sock monkeys ruled the roost and now the list of exotic animals that are UNavailable is shorter than the list of the animals that are in the stores. If you are in the market for a giant red eyed tree frog, you are in luck! Not only are most endangered species memorialized as toys for kids, but you might be able to get one big enough for your baby to ride on! Rocking horses are still around, but there are lots of other cute animals on rockers, too!
I think my current favorite would have to be the giant stuffed elephant with sound capabilities. The soft gray elephant can be arranged in lots of different poses for your child's entertainment. With the addition of some lions, tigers and a performing seal or two, your baby could have his own three ring circus in his bedroom or nursery!