TAXI­DERMY

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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.

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