She has asked her readers what it is, if it isn't an elephant. I, of course, maintain that it's a baby heffalump. (You can tell it's a baby by the big neotenic eyes.)
Anyway, I invite y'all zoologist types to go take a look and let Mary Anne know what kind of creature it is.
I tried to come up with a good word for the study of stuffed-animal cladistics, but the best I could manage was farcizoology (from Latin farcire, "to stuff"), which I'm not thrilled with. Suggestions welcome.
(Addendum, added in 2016: see a later entry of Mary Anne's for photos of the completed critter.)