Chimera, originally uploaded by pzmyers.

Who would have thought that there’s a Minnesota Association of Rogue Taxidermists? I can see something like this gracing the mantelpiece of a dedicated member of the Society for Creative Anachronism (motto: Re-living the Middle Ages—the fun parts).

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3 Responses to “Chimera”

  1. Richard Says:

    Many years ago Scientific American’s cover featured a large painting of a garter snake mating ball (zero erotic content; just a mass of snakes). A colleague who was afraid of snakes came into my office, her eyes averted, and turned the copy on my desk cover down because even from the hallway she found it upsetting.

    My reaction isn’t _quite_ the same to that picture – but it’s close.

  2. monado Says:

    And for about $2000 U.S., it could be yours! The first taxidermy items I found were like this, e.g. animals made to look as if they were born with two heads. In the jargon, they’re called gaffs, i.e. not genuine reconstructions of a living animal. You can also get cyclops kittens, piglets, and so on, which are carefully noted as not gaffs but rare deformities caused by not enough of the Hox gene Sonic Hedgehog. One taxidermist went on to remark that too much gives… oh, never mind.

    On the less pretty side, there are mummified, de-haired, or flensed (Is that a word for anything but whales?)—with most of the flesh cut off. They weren’t anything I’d want in my living room.

    On the pretty side, there are people like Jessica Joslin, who makes elegant and airy sculptures that include a clean skull and a couple of bones to make critters from some strange dream. They look like museum-quality art.

  3. tehmanmeat Says:

    Oh, my god!

    Are you happy now, scientists? Are you? Look at this monstrosi-… say, what kind of bird is that?

    It’s like a redneck equivalent for both Kerberos and the griffin.

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