Welcome to Melisa's Bears

Melisa's Bears...

...is pleased to introduce a huge lion cub cat doll


I'm so excited to introduce my newest cat doll, this time a 24" Lion Cub named Tambo. His name means “vigorous” in Swahili – I thought it suited him because when he isn’t napping, he can be quite a handful :) He is such a sweet baby and I hope you will love him as much as I do!

If you would like to adopt him, please use the buy-it-now button below, or email me for alternative arrangements. He is US$1150 with free surface shipping and US$1200 with air (use the down arrow to choose that option).

Total including shipping

Tambo was so enjoyable to create and photograph – lots of fun to pose and so cuddly!

Tambo is a one of a kind artist lion cub cub completely designed and hand sewn (no machine sewing) by me, Melisa Nichols. He is very detailed and as such he is his own unique individual and can not be duplicated ~ a true one of a kind. Many, many hours went into this baby!

Because of all this detailed work, I will never be able to create another baby just like Tambo. I do not work with patterns - just from photos and drawings, so there is no pattern he can be remade from.

Tambo is made from gorgeous recycled pieced lynx fur from a vintage jacket. The jacket was made like Saga fox – strips of pieced lynx alternated with leather strips. It is so soft! In all my years of bear making, this is the only lynx fur coat that I’ve found to recycle, and all of it was used in Tambo, so he is definitely one-of-a-kind!

Tambo's adorable face is full of detail. He has an inset muzzle of recycled blonde mink fur and his face has been thread sculpted, scissor sculpted and all his facial markings added by hand. He has soulful hand painted glass eyes with moveable eyelids (top and bottom) so he can be posed awake, sleepy or sleep. I created a realistic hand shaded leather nose for him.

Tambo's leather paws are thread sculpted and hand shaded.

Sleepy baby! Don't let the napping fool you :)

Tambo is completely hand sewn and filled with polyfil, pellets (in his tummy), and an extra portion of cuddles. Tambo has cotter pin and disk joints for all four legs. He is fully armatured (including his tail) for lots of fun poses! 

If you have any questions or comments about Tambo, please email me me... I'd love to hear from you! If you'd like to be on my mailing list, please let me know – I send out an email whenever I have a new creation ready for ebay.

I hope you've enjoyed seeing all of Tambo's pictures. Thank you for visiting him here!


Tambo will arrive with hang tags that include his birth date, a picture of him and a signed Certificate of Authenticity. He is a collectable baby lion cub made for display only - not suitable for children due to small parts.

Thank you to everyone who views and collects my soft sculptures!

All my soft sculptures are created in a smoke-free home.

***SHIPPING*** ~ I am delighted to offer Tambo with free surface shipping anywhere in the world. This includes up to $1000 insurance for most countries (Canada Post will not insure to all countries). Free shipping is by surface mail which usually takes 1 1/2 to 2 weeks to US destinations and 6 - 8 weeks to overseas destinations. Xpresspost is much quicker - I've added an option in the PayPal button.

***LAYAWAY *** ~ 1/3 payment within 7 days, 1/3 - 30 days after, and the final third, 30 additional days after that. Currently, I do not charge a fee for my layaway service. Layaway payments are non-refundable. If you'd like to use this option, please email me before bidding.

***CUSTOMS*** ~ Customs fees, duties and tax will be the buyer's responsibility, according to the country's regulations, as well as delays due to customs regulations.