I've had this pattern in my Ravelry queue for almost 3 years.
Finally bought the pattern, ordered the discontinued yarn from England (boooo for high shipping rates) and got to work.
Part of Tooter's charm is the way the yarn patterns along his body and trunk. Now that I've made one and seen how the pieces fit together, I'm planning to experiment with different, thicker, self-striping yarns.
Bodie* Tooterphants loves belly rubs.
*Addy and Leia call all elephants "Bodie" after their favorite pachyderm at the Denver Zoo.