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The Brain Scoop:
How To Taxidermy a Squirrel: Part II

Bits and pieces from our original episode with Anna Goldman and Katie Innamorato! Wherein we discuss nuances of taxidermy, specimen preparation, and where best to put the pins and needles. 

If you like taxidermy and museums and natural history and animals, be sure to check out and share our Indiegogo campaign, Project Hyena Diorama! We’d really love to see our project become a reality. We understand not everyone can donate but it warms our hearts to see passion for education and museums shared widely. Thanks, pals. <3 

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The Brain Scoop:
How to Taxidermy a Squirrel 

WE’RE BAAAAAAAACK in the lab with Anna, featuring guest host Katie Innamorato of afterlifeanatomy! There are a number of significant differences between the art of taxidermy and the preparation of specimens in museums for research purposes. Join us in this gutsy (LOL PUN) exploration of art and science!

The Grossometer level is moderate in this one, but heads up for blood and guts!

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Some teaser photos from our shoot with Katie Innamorato of afterlifeanatomy yesterday - How To Taxidermy a Squirrel! 

  1. Fleshing out the squirrels. They were each a bloody, roadkill mess! Katie has a hunting license, so she’s permitted to pick them up during the appropriate season. Before you ever pick up any animal or attempt to salvage lil’ dead bits, make sure you are legally able to do so!
  2. Left-right: Anna’s squirrel, a study skin of the same species from the Museum’s collection used for research purposes, and my lil’ guy!
  3. We had some pre-tanned skins on hand that fit over the commercially manufactured body forms we used for this episode. This step was right after we put the eyes in, when the skins start to come back to life. 
  4. Katie supervises our efforts as Anna uses fishing line to sew up her cutie and I feed the tail over a wire. 
  5. Those pins hold the skin around the lips and nose in place while it drives around the body mold.

Stay tuned for the episode!

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I had the amazing opportunity to help a friend work on a bengal tiger for a local zoo. The tiger lived to be 13 and was put down at the zoo after developing cancer. This guy was massive! 750 pounds! Definitely an awesome experience not many people get to have! It is a full mount, but at the time I took the picture we only had the front half in place and the face loosely set!

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this is a preview of the new show i am on, Odd Folks Home.