Artisans hand sew the animals "inside out", an old world tradition that results in the mininization of seams, and their bodies are carefully "sculpted" to create "musculature" and "features" like movement in a walking or sitting position that are unique to each creature. On average, there are 42 separate pieces required to make each animal, that must be combined by a team of truly creative artists to create the distinctly realistic features that characterize HANSA animals. (Some animals have as many as 240 different parts!) Each animal is individually hand sewn, to give it a unique "personality", there are more than 860 different fabrics and man-made furs from which the "coat" and "hides" are made, along with over 6000 sets of different eyes, whiskers, claws, noses, and related accessories allocated for creating these wonderful plush animals. Stuffing emphasizes careful attention to the placement of the highest quality man-made materials.
Family Sciuridae. Native to Europe, Asia, & North America. Reddish-brown fur, with white and black stripes on the back & long, furry tails. Distinguished from other ground squirrels by their striped faces. Feeds on grain, nuts, birds' eggs, and insects. Lives in a burrow, where it stores food for winter. Mating takes place in March, after a gestation of 31 days the female produces a litter of 3-5.