"Sophie la girafe was born on 25th May in the year 1961...Saint Sophie's day! She was an immediate success. Young parents immediately saw that she was a must for their children... When the first signs of teething appear, Sophie la girafe® stopped the baby crying! By simple word of mouth, the little giraffe's fame spread. From then on in Europe, generations upon generations of children loved hearing Sophie squeak whenever they pressed her tummy or head! VULLI, based in Rumilly, France, has continued to keep the highly guarded secret of how this wonderful toy is made. Sophie la girafe® is still ""traditionally"" produced to this day. This process involves more than 14 manual operations. Sophie la girafe® is made from 100% natural rubber derived from the sap of the Hevea tree."