Thursday, May 28, 2009

Aaaaaaaiiiiiiggghhhhh!

Do you ever forget to upload the digital photos from your camera to your computer for a few weeks and then when you finally do, you have forgotten what photos you took and so are wholly unprepared when this pops up on your screen?


In case you're wondering, I found this semi-horrifying example of taxidermy on a preschool field trip to the nature center. There is Quinn, all blissfully unaware in the background.

I'm not sure, but I think that might be blood on the side of the squirrel's mouth.

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  1. Geez - they still show kids that kind of thing? I thought the idea these days was that kids are so easily traumatized - something like that could scar them forever!?!!
    Wait, was that me being sarcastic? NO-O-o-o!! How about cynical! :)

    Actually - it kind of reminds me of Roger, the squirrel that lives in my birdhouse.

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  2. I have always found taxidermy very unsettling. Even as a child. A chipmunk just isn't cute when it's frozen in time with glass eyes. Is it me or does it feel like the eyes follow you?

    And that's one terrifying squirrel (even if it is stuffed).

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  3. That field trip on a whole was a bit unsettling! While she was very informative and great with the kids, our hike guide kept pulling out animal skins out of a backpack. The kids were asking if it was real and alive or dead...kinda creepy I thought!

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  4. ROFLMAO!!

    That is freaking hysterical!

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  5. I'm with Melissa. That nature center had more than it's share of dead animals.
    hmm...

    More importantly maybe; Who the hell takes pictures of dead animals?

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  6. That squirrel looks like it's smirking.

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  7. AHHHHHH! weirdly, my son with high functioning autism is a huge fan of taxidermy in dioramas. In fact, he's the only kid who can spend serious time looking for every detail in the dioramas at the natural history museum - which means we get to get away from the crowds for at least a little while. Ah... the power of small!

    Lisa

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  8. It might be blood. Or it might be chocolate. Lets pretend it's chocolate. Because if someone was going to kill and stuff me I would hope it would be as I was eating chocolate because then a least I would have been happy when I died.

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  9. Or red wine, maybe? Sucka got all liquored up and ran out into oncoming traffic? Also, is he an amputee? It looks like his left front paw is missing.

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  10. You can file taxidermy under, "Things I can not, and never will, understand." Who ever thought that was a good idea??

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  11. It's like that Dramatic Chipmunk.

    Except it's a Dead Squirrel.

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  12. OMG!!!! Where the hell was THAT?!?!?!?! That scared the crap outta me!

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  13. It looks like he should be brandishing a shiv with his upraised paw--pretty freaky, if you ask me. All we need are for squirrels to develop a taste for blood and the ability to hold small, easily hidden knives, and we will be in some serious trouble.

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  14. On first glance I thought the squirrel was standing on top of a turtle shell.

    I still cannot get the iamge of a 2-headed goat out of my mind. I saw it at the Carroll County Heritage Center (MD). It was in a room set up as a doctor/vet office. Still shudder when I think of it.

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