This is the simple story of a giraffe born on May 25th in the year 1961, Saint Sophie’s day. In those days, the only animal toys available were farm animals and pet figures. Monsieur RAMPEAU, who was an expert in transforming the latex from the HEVEA tree, came up with the idea of designing a giraffe. Such an exotic wildlife figure would be a first on the market, and its size and shape would be ideal for a baby’s small hand to grasp. Sophie la girafe, who looked exactly the same than she does today was an immediate success.