Hansa was started in 1972 by German-born Hans Axthelm. Every Hansa stuffed mechanical seal animal, is hand-sewn using the inside-out method, in order to avoid visible seams. Each animal's face, is hand-colored to create realistic features. Hansa mechanical stuffed seals, were designed utilizing photographic data of the animal in its natural habitat. Their company goal, was to educate the child, about how the animals' live in the wild and to help appreciate just how amazing these creatures really are.