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    An Artist Has Made Wonderfully Realistic Balloon Animals

    Masayoshi Matsumoto has been blowing up detailed creatures for seven years.

    Who would want a regular old balloon poodle when you could have a balloon IGUANA?

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    Or how about a lovely balloon phoenix?

    Masayoshi Matsumoto / SWNS

    The animals were made by 26-year-old Japanese artist Masayoshi Matsumoto.

    Masayoshi Matsumoto / SWNS

    Matsumoto is self-taught and has been making balloon sculptures, such as this cockatoo, for seven years.

    Masayoshi Matsumoto / SWNS

    The artist said he was "was really inspired by wildlife pictures and wanted to see if I could create realistic animals of my own".

    Masayoshi Matsumoto / SWNS

    Matsumoto uses no additional materials in creating his realistic balloon creatures.

    Masayoshi Matsumoto / SWNS

    A ballon wasp.

    Just plain old balloons, twisted into tentacles...

    Masayoshi Matsumoto / SWNS

    ...or the tiny legs of a caterpillar...

    Masayoshi Matsumoto / SWNS

    ...and even the grass it sits on.

    Masayoshi Matsumoto / SWNS

    A mandrill...

    Masayoshi Matsumoto / SWNS

    ...and even a balloon buffalo.

    Masayoshi Matsumoto / SWNS

    Correction: we originally had the mandrill balloon labelled as a baboon. Apologies to all balloon baboons.

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