This Wee Beastie might seem like more beast than cuddly plush doll, but these creatures are rather docile. The official state amphibian of Pennsylvania -- dubbed so to raise awareness about its endangered status -- the hellbender is a giant salamander native to swiftly moving streams and rivers in Pennsylvania and the larger Appalachian region. This life-sized plush version matches the size of the real-life hellbender, which is the third largest salamander in the world with a mature hellbender measuring in excess of 24 inches. Relatively unchanged in the last 65 million years, the hellbender can live up to 50 years. So whether you're looking to raise awareness about this endangered treasure or searching for a cuddly beastie for your young one, this hellbender Wee Beastie makes the perfect gift!
- Measures approximately 24 inches long
- Chocolate brown faux suede "skin" made of polyester microsuede
- Polyester fiber fill stuffing with cotton poly thread
- Plastic safety eyes and glass bead "toe tips"
Meet the Maker
Fine art painter and fabric artist Ellen Paquette specializes in creating whimsical, one-of-a-kind art dolls and plushies, known as the Wee Beasties, as well as painting animal portraits in high Renaissance style inspired by nature, mythology and folklore. She has shipped her works of art all over the globe. Ellen resides with her artist husband Thomas and their four-legged beasties on the edge of the Allegheny National Forest in Warren County. In addition to her art, Ellen is a professional Celtic harpist who volunteers therapeutic music care for Hospice patients, is active in community organizations, and volunteers in advocating for the arts as well as nature-related causes.
Ellen's studio is located in Allegheny National Forest and Surrounds; learn more about this inspiring landscape now.
See photographs of Ellen creating in her studio here.