I had a stuffed Lion as a child of which I was very fond, although I am sure the following is good advice.
The Lion, the Lion, he dwells in the waste,
He has a big head and a very small waist;
But his shoulders are satrk, and his jaws they are grim,
And a good little child will not play with him.
~Hillaire Belloc, The Bad Child's Book of Beasts