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Owl plushie characteristics
The most distinctive characteristics of an owl plushie are its big, round eyes. Similar to panda, sloth and tiger plushies, the plushies’ eyes are sometimes emphasized even more by framing them in two big circles, or within a heart-shaped face. Most stuffed animal owls have relatively long fur, to mimic the presence of fluffy feathers. Owl plushies are the most popular bird plushies, following penguins.
There are many owl species to draw inspiration from when designing a plushie, and you’ll find many of your favorite specimens are covered by the market. Popular owls are the Great Horned Owl, the Eastern Grass Owl, the Screech Owl, the Elf Owl, and of course the white Snowy Owl. The colors of plushie owls vary from shades of white and gray to brown and black. Some fantasy owls feature a completely different color pallet, sporting blue, green, purple and even pink fur.
Famous Owls (available as stuffed animals)
Since the release of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001), the popularity of snowy owl plushies skyrocketed. On his eleventh birthday, Harry was gifted a white owl by Rubeus Hagrid. The owl, Hedwig, was the inspiration for many new plushies.
Other popular owls are the many (more or less) wise owls from the Walt Disney-canon: Friend Owl from Bambi (1942), Archimedes from The Sword in the Stone (1963), Owl, from Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree (1966), and Big Mama from The Fox and the Hound (1981). Though Disney’s owls all slightly resemble each other, each of these had at one point a unique plushie modeled after it.