An assembled decaying albatross with plastic in its stomach. This is an art piece from the documentary Plastic Paradise. The photographer’s name is Chris Jordan. He was inspired to create this based on related events on Midway Island. 

For a dead coyote.

Nevermore will harvest moon
Behold your clarion cry,
Nor the painted prairie keep you,
Beneath the painted sky.
One such as you did so deserve
A kinder way to die.

The gracefulness is gone
From behind your yellow stare.
The roadside is so poor a grave
For one so free and fair.
Now there are black flies in your bones,
And maggots in your hair.


Vulture Culture Photo Challenge Day 22: pictorial re-enactment of your biggest vulture mistake

Back when I was a fledgeling Vulture I had a near perfect mole skull. All the teeth and everything! Until I decided it needed to be cleaned, so I put it in peroxide and every single tooth fell out.


The infamous Cheetah that Daniel M. mounted after many taxidermists told him the skin would turn into ‘cheetah soup’ after it was rehydrated because it was a 70 year old pelt.   It managed to hold up hydration and was mounted up.  It was featured in a previous issue of Breakthrough magazines.

Its important that with mountable skins that they must be stored properly in order to make sure the tan holds up as well as getting it tanned properly.  If I recall this skin was in a museum freezer as a dry tan all those years.

The Beast of Tenby, a mysterious globster that washed up on a beach in Wales, described as having the “head of a horse, body of a pig, and claws of a bear”. Suggestions of what the creature might have been in life range from badger to bull terrier mix, but the body of the creature washed back out to sea before any kind of investigation could get underway and all that remains are photos.

Svid got tired of being so scaly all the time and decided to try growing some hair. It didn’t work out, so he decided to adopt the world’s worst toupee.

It’s rat fur from the poop soup… I found him crawling around like this when I went to clean him. Svid wins grossest child award.

From NSF Science360 Picture Of The Day; July 8, 2015:

Alcian and Alizarin Chameleon

Pictured here is a deceased chameleon. A zoologist prepped the chameleon by dipping it in chemicals that rendered its skin and muscles transparent, and then stained its bones and joints with dyes. Because it was a 3-D subject, the photographer focused her digital camera on different planes of the chameleon’s body and then stitched 32 images together to create a single, crisp picture. The image won the People’s Choice in the photography category of the 2015 Visualization Challenge, now called The Vizzies, a long-running, annual competition co-sponsored by the National Science Foundation and Popular Science.

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