But one thing: it doesn't really bounce. The ball in the butt, as seen here, was not an original Pinky Hi-Bounce but some dollar-store-variety 'bouncy' soccer ball. If you cover a not-so-bouncy ball with yarn, then it's really not very bouncy. Blame physics. Only if I really give 'er, do I get a bit of a rebound. (Yes, my kid thinks it's pretty funny that I'm throwing her new toy against the ground.)
But the ball gives it shape and heft -- this flamingo feel less like a softie and more like a toy. A toy gets to be thrown about and chucked into things. A person could feel bad doing that to a cute stuffed bird.