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Manipulatory & Play Objects
Floating Toys

The methods outlined in this section relate to the use of both artificial and natural substrates and items for physical and mental stimulation, including floating toys, nesting materials and posts for claw scraping and scratching to relieve skin irritations.

Floating Toys

Method Traffic cones, fishing buoys, beer and whisky barrels, frozen-fish crates, plastic hoops and balls thrown into pool.
Species Polar Bear, Short-clawed Otter, Bush Dog.
Purpose Manipulatory objects to be thrown about, chewed, ‘drowned’, scent marked, and generally played with.
Pro Fish crates and barrels used in brewing continue to give off a scent after long periods of immersion in water.
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Comments Heavy objects can be used to damage windows if thrown at them, so this must be considered before providing them. Polar bears put traffic cones on their heads, throw them in the air and swim with them. This object is not as odd as it may sound, as polar bears in the wild are known to play with traffic cones when they encounter them during raids into towns around Hudson Bay in Canada.
Frequency of Use Replaced every 2-3 Weeks.
Ratings Usefulness 10
Convenience 10
Value For Money 10
Range of Users 10
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