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VAMOS, VAMOS, ARGENTINA

World Cup Fever continues here at Fragile Earth Stuffed Animals. Our Llama, in his red pajamas, has been cheering on his native Argentina. He’s determined to dye his pajamas light blue & white for the team colors but we won’t let him because then he won’t match his book. He only knows that one line from the song so he just sings it over and over and over and over and …. well, you get the idea!

Llama decided to take a quick break from soccer and give you some interesting facts about his species:

  • Llamas originated in the central plains of North America over 40 million years ago. They migrated to South American and Asia about 3 million years ago. By the end of the last ice age, they were extinct in North America. {citation}
  • Llamas do not have eyelashes, which saves them a ton of money on mascara
  • Llamas are being used to guard herd animals such as sheep. They can keep the herd safe from predators while needing minimum training, care & maintenance. Our llama is fascinated by this and wants to become a guard llama when he grows up. Unfortunately, he has decided to herd the tots, and they are NOT taking it well. If you’ll excuse me for just a moment ….
  • The Incan deity Urcuchillay, worshipped by herders, is depicted as a multi-color llama.

You’re a Wanker! You’re a Wanker! *

With the advent of the World Cup in South Africa, the denizens of Fragile Earth Stuffed Animals are starting to show their true colors. And the most vocal is one of the least likely suspects … Katy No Pocket. Although her family emigrated to the United States many years ago, she is still a die hard Australian Football fan – and really, can you blame her?

Australian team

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While she’s off muttering something about Socceroos, I thought I’d fill you in on some quick notes about kangaroos.

  • Did you know that Captain Cook, the infamous explorer, supposedly first coined the word kangaroo? When told by the¬†Aboriginal¬†Natives that a grey kangaroo was a gangurru, he heard it as kangaroo and the name stuck.
  • Kangaroos come from the family Macropods, which means big feet – fitting, don’t you think?
  • Kangaroos travel in groups called mobs. I’d hate to see them at a football game!
  • Kangaroos eat mostly grass and can survive for long periods of time without water. Even though they eat so many greens, they do not pass gas. Instead, their bodies transfer the methane into extra energy. They prefer to leave the farting to Walter!
  • Kangaroos are nocturnal, preferring to do their moving and grooving at night.
  • Baby kangaroos, called joeys, stay in their mother’s pouch for nine months, and then start going out on their own for extended periods of time. But they will return to their moms for food and safety for another 9 months.

Well, I learned something today – hopefully you did too:) Let it be known that we at Fragile Earth Stuffed Animals are sharing vital information with our fans!

*Chant used primarily in Australia for controversial players of opposing teams.