These realistic stuffed animals are so lifelike that on first encounter many people mistake them for the real thing!
Life-like stuffed animals allow kids to hold, play with, and learn about beautiful wild animals they might otherwise be unable to get close to. They make wonderful gifts for animal lovers of all ages.
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This plush 24” Alligator puppet by Folkmanis is a handful.
It has a movable mouth, rides your arm, and wiggles when you move your arm.
This plush Armadillo by Fiesta measures 19 inches from nose to tail.
These life-like creations often cost more than less realistic plush toys because of the extra care taken to produce an accurate replicas.
Douglas' Calico Cat plush toy is realistically styled and nearly lifesize.
It's fur is soft and fluffy. Many people call it the purr-fect choice for a life-like kitty.
Perfect Petzzz makes realistic stuffed animals that almost come to life..
Tabby cat breathes and purrs softly, using batteries.
This folkmanis Chameleon puppet has a movable mouth, tongue, and eyes.
“This puppet is beautifully made. The fabric shimmers mimicking the color changing of a real chameleon. But the best feature is the moveable eye design. My grandson loves it!”
Folkmanis' Coyote hand puppet is soft and pettable. It has a movable mouth, making it easy to howl.
Stands 15 inches tall.
Soft but durable, this stuffed Saltwater Crocodile by Wild Republic makes for some great wrestling!
Gund's Dreyfus is a life-like shaggy white dog that has won lots of hearts.
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This 38 inch Melissa & Doug stuffed dolphin isn't totally realistic—apparently it's missing a blow hole.
But it nonetheless gets awesome reviews for being well-made, soft, and cuddly and lifelike!
OVERSIZED STUFFED ANIMALS
This Echidna, by Hansa, is one of the more exotic realistic stuffed animals you'll ever find.
Echidnas—also known as Spiny Anteaters—are native to Australia and New Guinea and are among the few egg-laying mammals.
Australian Emus grow to a height of 6 feet, making them the second tallest standing bird.
This adorable Baby Emu by Hansa stands 14 proud inches tall.
If you have the space for it, Hansa also makes an amazing lifesize Emu.
This plush ermine—a form of weasel—is wearing it's winter coat.
North American ermines shed their brown upper coats in winter, leaving them pure white except for the tips of their tails.
This 12 inch plush ferret by Hansa echoes the real thing.
The perfect solution in your family if someone wants a ferret...and you don't.
As one customer mentioned, in the end it's far less expensive than a live ferret.
Even among realistic stuffed animals, this red fox by Hansa stands out as being extremely well-made.
I especially love the soft tufts of hair on the chest and cheeks, as well as the beautiful, bushy tail.
This lifelike goat puppet measures 19 inches long by 12 inches high.
Aurora's calls its 48 inch plush Gorilla, Gunga, the Gentle Giant.
Gunga elicits a bunch of impressive 5-star reviews from Amazon customers!
Hansa's hand-crafted guinea pig is so lifelike that it sometimes fools even its owners!
Hansa also makes a Black & White guinea pig.
This 23” plush Iguana by Fiesta Toys gets nice Amazon reviews like this one:
“This item was better looking and softer, more cuddly than I had expected, yet it still held true to looking very much like an iguana. A++ Very happy with item.”
This scruffy but lovable plush blacktail rabbit looks like the real thing.
Hand-crafted by Hansa artisans, its interior wire frame makes it poseable.
This cute plush Kiwi Bird is handmade by Hansa artisans with great attention to detail.
Kiwis are native to New Zealand, and a few species are endangered.
This soft, plush 11 inch baby lamb by Aurora is more lifelike than most.
If you're looking for something a little bigger, here's a realistic 17 inch lamb by Hansa.
This 75 inch plush lion by Melissa & Doug is magnificent and one of the most realistic stuffed animals around!