simply (or rather, crudely put), taxidermy is the process of preserving a dead animal specimen. The animal is stripped of its skin―including fur, feather, or scales―and its muscle discarded, retaining most of the skeleton. The skin is then reconstructed around the skeleton, and its “body” stuffed with wool, cotton, or hemp to replicate its mass. glass eyes and other faux appendages are added for a lifelike effect.
Taxidermy was initially used for embalming animals during the early egyptian period and, later on, for preserving specimens for scientific use. it had its heyday during the victorian era, when taxidermied animals were primarily used as decoration. in fact, Deyrolle―the world’s premier taxidermy shop based in France―was established during the victorian period.
Today, with the public’s consciousness of movements against the cruelty to animals, purchase of taxidermied animals is limited (the sole local taxidermy shop Xbesitzer has since closed), but you can buy faux animals and artificial trophy heads at kish, ac+632, urban abode, and space encounters.