As we wait expectantly for the Fourth of July, we are given a taste of the fun to come with Felipe Barbosa's adorable stuffed animals made of firecrackers.

The little guys, ranging in species from a panda to to the ambiguous but utterly adorable "doll," are reminiscent of the long lost Chia pet. (If, of course, Chia pets were made of firecrackers.) Brazil-based Barbosa manages to use his material so unexpectedly we almost forget these furry creatures are a fire hazard. We desperately want one of the rainbow creatures for to call our own, although we can only imagine they wouldn't make the best cuddle buddies.

See a slideshow of the dangerous toys below:

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  • Felipe Barbosa Girafe Firecracker stuffed animal 40x30x26cm 2005 Courtesy Cosmocopa arte contemporânea

  • Felipe Barbosa Panda Firecracker stuffed animal 33x20x26cm 2005 Courtesy Cosmocopa arte contemporânea

  • Felipe Barbosa Blue Horse Firecracker stuffed animal 40x33x26cm 2004 Courtesy Cosmocopa arte contemporânea

  • Felipe Barbosa Great Bear Firecracker stuffed animal 100x96x87cm 2008 Courtesy Cosmocopa arte contemporânea

  • Felipe Barbosa Horse Firecracker stuffed animal 40x33x26cm 2005 Courtesy Cosmocopa arte contemporânea

  • Felipe Barbosa Doll Firecracker stuffed animal 20x14x10cm 2005 Courtesy Cosmocopa arte contemporânea

  • Felipe Barbosa Colorful Panda Firecracker stuffed animal 36x30x29cm 2008 Courtesy Cosmocopa arte contemporânea

  • Felipe Barbosa Gorila Firecracker stuffed animal 33x44x25cm 2007 Courtesy Cosmocopa arte contemporânea

  • Felipe Barbosa Rabbit Firecracker stuffed animal 33x26x22cm 2008 Courtesy Cosmocopa arte contemporânea

  • Felipe Barbosa Frog Firecracker stuffed animal 50x67x43cm 2008 Courtesy Cosmocopa arte contemporânea

  • Felipe Barbosa Patolino Firecracker stuffed animal 33x23x27cm 2008 Courtesy Cosmocopa arte contemporânea

  • Felipe Barbosa Pink Bear Firecracker stuffed animal 30x21x16cm 2006 Courtesy Cosmocopa arte contemporânea

  • Felipe Barbosa Piu Piu Firecracker stuffed animal 23x17x26cm 2007 Courtesy Cosmocopa arte contemporânea

  • Felipe Barbosa Kentucky Bear Firecracker stuffed animal 106x96x98cm 2007 Courtesy Cosmocopa arte contemporânea

  • Felipe Barbosa Big Bear Firecracker stuffed animal 100x96x87cm 2008 Courtesy Cosmocopa arte contemporânea

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