Citrine’s skull is done with his initial cleaning, and will be finished up over the next few days :D! I can already see a lot of those cool anatomy quirks from the domestication process, so I can’t wait to get him finished and compare him to my wild reds c:
Red fox (Vulpes vulpes). These are the three reds I currently own! The first one is pretty standard save for an ingrown incisor. The second is the skull from Citrine, a red fox from a fur farm who showcases the more ‘doggy’ structure from the domestication process. The final guy is well…wild. He’s absolutely massive with that weird indent in his skull that seems to be a birth defect rather than an injury. Not to mention the pitting in the bone, deformed jaw, and blood staining on the teeth, likely due to an infection.
Comes to show how different methods of bone cleaning can yield different results, and how you can actually improve at bone cleaning! The left bone was simmered, degreased, and whitened 4 months ago, and has now had a ton of grease surface over the course of those 4 months. The right bone was macerated for 4 months, scrubbed, oxidized, degreased, and then whitened. Paitence is a virtue when it comes to bone cleaning, and sometimes the faster methods aren’t the best methods overtime. Of course after a few more degreasing and whitening treatments, both bones will be the same color c:
A huge doe skull I finished cleaning named Uno (because there was an unsettling amount of Uno cards near her carcass). I chucked her in a rot pot earlier this summer and she was done in about a month or so! She’s been degreased but I love the dirt-stain from the soil too much to whiten her.