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Arsenic and old animals a potentially dangerous mix
A major health scare at Melbourne Museum in recent years required a staff member to take sick leave and has led to a warning people with preserved animals at home should treat them with caution because they may contain arsenic.
Museum Victoria, one of Victoria's most popular attractions with more than a million visitors a year, confirmed two staff members required medical assistance after preparing animals for the Wild exhibition.
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A wish granted — Young hunter gets southern Texas buck
Lone Star Outdoor News
The shot was perfect and the southern Texas white-tailed buck was down — but it took awhile for the guide and father to gather their composure and leave the blind to see and touch the deer.
Young Matt Watts' wish had been granted during his hunt with the Lone Star Outdoor News Foundation.
"It was emotional," guide Jim Wheeler said, "we were thinking about all this young man had been through."
Bigfork taxidermist donates mount to wounded veteran
Scott Smith's workspace in Ferndale, Michigan, is full of dead animals.
A moose head sits in the corner, a bear lazes on a branch, and two deer face each other, antlers locked in combat.
The taxidermy shop is full of finished works and mounts in progress, all beautiful brilliant trophies, filled with memories for the hunters.
But the elk head and shoulder mount that sat in the middle of the room is a particularly special mount to come out of Smith Wildlife Artistry.
Hunting could be allowed at 4 Washington state parks
The Seattle Times
An amended bill that passed out of committee 9-2 would set up a pilot project to allow hunting in four state parks — two west of the Cascade Mountains, and two east of the Cascades. Future expansion to other parks would be possible.
Taxidermy: Preserving the memory of the hunt
Black Hills Pioneer
Shooting practice, pre-season scouting, waiting for the perfect shot and then if you're lucky, actually bagging your intended game and harvesting the meat are all just part of the experience of the hunt. In those special cases where there's more to the adventure, many sportsmen want to record the event for years to come and that's where taxidermy comes in to help.
Dead animal art is back in fashion
Damien Hirst's Away from the Flock (a dead lamb in formaldehyde solution) may just have a 2015 rival: a white dove's head mounted on a shuttlecock.
The art is the work of Dutch artist Noortje Zijlstra, who says she has created it not to shock but to make a point about what people eat.
Photos: 15 taxidermy jobs that will haunt your dreams
Sometimes even bad taxidermy can be fun, as long as you're not the one paying for it. As we recently showed in our list of 15 taxidermy fails that deserve a refund, a botched mount can occasionally be downright hilarious. Sometimes, however, you don't want the thing anywhere in your house, and especially not at night.
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