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They Invented What? (No. 12)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on August 15, 2006

U.S. Pat. No. 6,360,693:  Animal toy.

JW Note:  Many thanks to Brad Bower at Duke University for tipping me off to this one. 

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Abstract: 

An apparatus for use as a toy by an animal, for example a dog, to either fetch carry or chew includes a main section with at least one protrusion extending therefrom that resembles a branch in appearance. The toy is formed of any of a number of materials including rubber, plastic, or wood including wood composites and is solid. It is either rigid or flexible. A flavoring (scent) is added, if desired. The toy is adapted to float by including a material therein that is lighter than water or it is adapted to glow in the dark, as desired, by the addition of a fluorescent material that is either included in the material from which the toy is made or the flourescent material is applied thereto as a coating. The toy may be segmented (i.e., notched) so as to break off into smaller segments, as is useful for smaller animals or, alternatively, to extend the life of the toy. Various textured surfaces including camouflage colorings are anticipated as are straight or curved main sections. The toy may be formed of any desired material, as described, so as to be edible by the animal. 

Claims: 

What is claimed is:

1. An animal toy, comprising: (a) a solid main section having a diameter and a longitudinal length and extending a predetermined distance along said longitudinal length; and (b) at least one protrusion attached at one end thereof said main section and extending a predetermined distance therefrom and wherein said at least one protrusion includes a second longitudinal axis that is not in parallel alignment with a first longitudinal axis of said solid main section; and wherein said animal toy is adapted to float on the water.

2. The animal toy of claim 1 wherein said main section is formed of a rubber.

3. The animal toy of claim 1 wherein said main section is formed of a plastic.

4. The animal toy of claim 1 wherein said main section includes a wood.

5. The animal toy of claim 1 wherein said main section includes cellulose.

6. The animal toy of claim 1 wherein said main section includes a flavoring.

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