Taxidermy is a process of preparing, stuffing, and mounting animal skins and vertebrae to create a life-like representation of the animal for display. The taxidermy process is a crafted form of art. Like many other forms of art, there are some great artists and some artists that really need a lot more practice. When taxidermy is right, it captures the animal in all its glory. When it goes wrong, it often goes horribly wrong and captures the animal in a not so life-like and less than heroic pose for eternity.
1 This bobcat is looking less like the ferocious feline they are known for and more along the lines of, “You want to do what to me?!?”
2 The plan for this fox display must have been modeled after someone’s favorite cartoon character. Stuck forever in laughter with some crazy eyes!
3 Move over Yogi and Boo-boo bear, there’s a new bear comedian ready to join you for some laughs and snacks in Yellowstone Park. “Yo, yo Yogi and Boo-boo! Where’s my picnic basket?”
4 Did anyone see this cat making its way away from Stephen King’s film, Pet Sematary movie set? Or maybe the taxidermist forgot to clean and straighten this one up before stuffing to allow it to be a road kill in action.
5 This wolf almost has the right look. The snarling gnashing teeth are there, but it all just goes wrong with the eyes in the wide open spaces between them.
6 Nothing says fun loving lion more than a goofy smile and googly eyes. Maybe this lion was just having way too much fun at the party camp the night before its demise.
7 This lion is just popping by to say, “Hey, hey girlfriend!” Stuck as a flirtatious lion until the end of time. Things could be worse.
8 As a warning to all young people, this fox shows us the dangers of indulging in too many nights smoking the hookah. This could happen to you!
9 On the flip side, this fox takes a different stance showing how to wait patiently in the dentist’s waiting room. Be polite, sit up straight and keep smiling while keeping your hands to yourself!
10 Was it the cow that jumped over the moon, or was it the dog that jumped over the world…just can’t seem to remember which.
11 In an attempt to make this leopard look as intimidating as it did in life, something went terribly wrong. Now it appears to have risen from the dead as a red-eyed flesh eating zombie leopard. Yikes!
12 Who would have guessed that squirrels were such sexual deviants! Someone should let him know that flashing went out of style. Then again, maybe it hasn’t for the small animal kingdom. No one can be sure.
13 This owl appears to have had a very rough life indeed. Owls do have a long life, but maybe this one made it a little too long before the taxidermist got ahold of him.
14 This is one tiger that no one wants to meet up with by day or night! It is highly likely this tiger was part of an animal experimentation that went horribly wrong.
Pets Have Helped People Get Through the Health Crisis
The ongoing health crisis of 2020 has not been easy for anyone. It’s been especially difficult for some people, but it has truly been hard for all people in some way or another. Some individuals have managed to find ways to cope with it, however. Other people are just in a comparatively fortunate position. It would seem that pet owners fall into that category.
People who are used to working in person are now able to spend much more time with their pets. The pets themselves obviously do not know what it happening. They’re just aware of the fact that their human family members are now able to spend much more time with them.
Many people are still having a difficult time staying positive, especially because the health crisis has lasted much longer than many people anticipated. Still, the people who have pets on home might be coping with the situation more easily.
There was a recent survey conducted by the Gallant company. This is an organization that specializes in banking canine stem cells, giving the dogs the chance to get additional health benefits later in life. The survey involved a sample of one thousand Americans who have pets, which is a decently large and representative sample.
The Gallant company wanted to see how the health crisis was affecting pets and their human family members. It’s interesting to note that more people today are adopting pets, especially dogs and cats. Some of the people who decided to adopt new pets did so spontaneously, so they would not have done so if the health crisis had not occurred.
Some people may have decided to do so because they knew that they were going to be home a lot, and they wanted to have some company. Other people may have decided to reevaluate their lives and think about plans that they made years ago. They may have decided that this was the perfect time to get a new dog or cat.
Many other individuals may have been worried about dogs and cats getting abandoned during this health crisis, which has been happening in some areas. Lots of people are trying to do their part in order to help these days. Adopting dogs and cats can certainly be part of the picture.
The successful Gallant company wanted to release this survey in time for the National Dog Day holiday, which many people might decide to celebrate this year. An astonishing sixty-eight percent of the survey respondents said that they socialized more with their dogs, cats, or other pets than they did with other people throughout the ongoing health crisis.
It isn’t surprising that this is the case, since so many people are practicing social distancing at the moment. While there are big families that have dogs and cats, there are plenty of people who have dogs and cats and don’t live with other family members.
A shocking seventy-nine percent of the survey respondents said that they did not initially have any adoption plans scheduled. This all seems to have changed very quickly for a lot of people, especially for the people who lived by themselves beforehand.
Social distancing has been more difficult for some people. Individuals who live alone have potentially had a difficult time staying connected with other people since the beginning of this crisis. Some people have said that they have been able to spend much more time with their families since this all started, which has certainly helped some people get through it all. However, not all people have had that benefit. Getting pets of their own has changed things for them.
NYPD Solves a High-Profile Turtlenapping
The New York City Police Department makes headlines every day, but it is not every day that the NYPD makes headlines for solving a turtle kidnapping case. But kudos go to the NYPD for solving the disappearance of a beloved resident of Alley Pond Environmental Center in Queens, 100-year-old African spurred tortoise, Millennium.
A Century of Millennium at Alley Pond
Millennium could have been a youthful, 11-year-old turtle when the 655-acre Alley Pond Park was acquired by the City of New York in 1929. When Millennium found his, her, or its way to the park, the Alley Pond was the source of water that the town of Flushing used for, well, flushing. Millennium survived the construction of the Long Island Expressway across the park, the creation of a golf course, and the founding of the Alley Pond Environmental Center at 228-06 Northern Boulevard in Queens in 1972.
Or maybe Millennium wasn’t around for any of those events. Although Millennium undoubtedly weighs about 100 pounds, and is larger than many of the children who come to visit him every day the park is open, the turtle rescuers who found the intrepid animal believe he could be a mere 17 years old or possibly as much as 100 years old. Either way, visitors to the park regularly ask to see him. And that is how they learned he was missing.
A Shocking Tortoise Disappearance
When visitors asked to see Millennium on the afternoon of Tuesday, July 18, 2017, Millennium was nowhere to be found. The attendants had no difficulty locating Millennium’s companion turtle Mini-Me, but even checks of video surveillance cameras showed no sign of the celebrity turtle. We think of tortoises as moving slowly, but actually they can move quickly, blending in with trees and grasses, so the park staff held out hope that Millennium might just be taking a little vacation looking for a different source of grass and grubs. But when there was no trace of Millennium the next day, they had no choice but to call the police. They were afraid they had a Code 597, abuse of an animal.
Millennium Returns from Connecticut
Fortunately, a Connecticut resident with a conscience made the reunion of Millennium with his young fans possible. And helped the police nab the turtlenappers’ accomplice Shawn Waters in the process.
Thirty-seven year old Shawn Waters loves turtles. He kept small turtles and other animals in the apartment he shared with his mother in Queens. On the afternoon of July 18, Waters was approached by two men who had cut a hole in the back of Millennium’s enclosure and absconded with the famous reptile. They made a deal with Waters to sell him the stolen turtle, and Waters started to take Millennium home in a stolen shopping cart. But no sooner did he have Millennium in his clutches than he realized his mother would never let him keep Millennium at home.
Waters hatched a plan to cover up his crime and get a smaller turtle his mother would approve. A man in Stamford, Connecticut had placed an ad on Craigslist to sell his musck turte. Waters struck a deal to swap reptiles and get $300 cash in the process. (Ordinarily, a turtle of Millennium’s 2 foot by 2-1/2 foot size and gentle watermelon-eating habits would have fetched about $2500, according to park officials.) Waters, who does not own a car, took a commuter train with Millennium to Connecticut, where he sealed the deal.
But by this time the police were checking turtle transactions on Craigslist. They located the buyer, who surrendered the turtle, which was returned safely to Alley Pond Park.
Waters was arrested and later sentenced to six months in jail at Rikers Island. His mother reports that he hopes to get his license to work as a security guard back when he gets out of jail.
Strange Sounds Coming From the Walls Reveal a HAUNTING Surprise to New Homeowners!
No matter where you are in the country, every town has a story about that house. You know the one. The house that looms above all, lending urban legends and stories to people in the community. Well, today, we are going to introduce you to a home in Germantown, Tennessee, as well as the mysterious sounds that emanated from its walls. Let’s dig in because this story is going to make you want to check your own walls!