Taxidermy has been around in some form or another since mankind's hunter-gatherer days. From the mangy dioramas at the natural history museum to the unfortunate duck on your uncle's wall, the craft is practiced by both the fishhook-in-the-baseball-cap segment of society and highfalutin purveyors of high fashion. It requires expertise in a variety of areas to get it right. A working knowledge of sculpture and painting, as well as tanning and anatomy, are a must. Otherwise, this happens:
It's pretty clear that something went horribly awry along the road that led to you looking at the above photo right now. Be it a flaw in the taxidermy process or a flaw in the DNA process, there was a glitch in the system somewhere, and the unfortunate result is a couple of stuffed animals that look like they should be the animal sidekicks in a reboot of the Toxic Avenger franchise.
But hey, those are probably just the result of an accident. Sometimes, people embark upon a new taxidermy project with the ridiculous-looking result in mind the entire time.
Here are five things you won't believe they're doing with taxidermy these days ...