If enough people want them, giant freshwater stingray blankets in life-size will be on sale in Japan

You always wanted to be a successful entrepreneur A giant stingray blanket, but now it’s time to put your money where your mouth is.

The Giant freshwater stingray Some claim that the largest freshwater fish and stingray in the entire world is found in Southeast Asia. Reaching lengths of over four meters (13 feet) long and weights of up to 300 kilograms (660 pounds), they’re considered gentle giants of rivers despite their bone-piercing toxic tails.

It may now be possible to tie your space together with one these majestic beasts. World’s Largest Freshwater Stingray Himantura Chaophraya Plush Blanket from Felissimo’s novelty brand YOU+MORE! For 13,200 yen (US$98), tax included.

This particular blanket is modeled after an actual giant freshwater stingray that dwells in Tokyo’s Itabashi Botanical Garden nicknamed “Chao” by visitors.

▼ An introductory video of Chao

Chao has grown to approximately 2.7m (9 feet) in the aquarium. The blanket based on Chao only measures about 1.3m (4.2 feet), because her tail was cut short for safety reasons.

Aside from the tail, the keepers at Itabashi Botanical Garden helped with the design to make it as authentic as possible right down to the exact speckling of Chao’s underside.

▼ Note how similar the positions of the spots are

All of the details unique to giant freshwater rays are there too, such as the wide dorsal fin, pointed snout, and mouth that’s positioned closer to the center than other rays and doubles as a pocket in the blanket.

A pair of eyes are embroidered on the top and it’s given a glossy sheen to resemble the real thing.

Its versatility makes it ideal for wrapping yourself around on cold nights, covering a sofa, or as a pet cushion.

There’s certainly a whole lot to love about this blanket, but there’s still a chance it may never see the light of day. Preorders are currently open until 27 September, but if there haven’t been over 100 orders by then, then the entire project will be canceled and no one will get a giant freshwater stingray blanket.

Although it would be sad, the real Chao will still be at the Itabashi Botanical Garden eating mackerel, and hanging out with her friend, the loggerhead turtle. Be sure to stop by and tell her you’re a big fan of her modeling work.

Source, images: PR Times
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