I was planning to do another weird shit compilation this week because I have a few doozies sitting on my phone. But during the course of digging up info for one of the NGO’s that I work with, I came across a treasure trove of crazy images through good old Google. A couple of the photos that follow are actually off my phone, but I won’t identify them since they’re actually museum specimens. So what on Earth is this post about? Taxidermy gone wrong.
Taxidermy is a science, to ensure proper specimen preservation. It allows for study in individual variation of physical characteristics; variations in markings, length of hairs, colour variation, specimen size, etc. But clearly it’s also an art, and some people just don’t have that gift. This collection is of derpy or funny taxidermy photos, I’ve spared you the horror of some of the species-hybridization photos I’ve come across (“rogue taxidermy” where they fuse two animals together – to say it’s nightmarish is an understatement). Not sure that these poor specimens will serve in any research, but they’re out there just waiting to stare you in the eye. Enjoy.