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what-fresh-hell-is-this-pic.jpg What fresh hell is this?

Apparently anthropomorphic taxidermy is beginning to make a comeback. Our verdict: Get stuffed.

There have been some unlikely comebacks over the last year or two (Family Fortunes, food banks for the working poor in the UK, Wayne Rooney’s hair) but the biscuit has been well and truly snaffled by anthropomorphic taxidermy – the practise of mounting and displaying stuffed animals as if they were human or engaged in human activities. I’ve been sent information regarding new courses that teach such stuff (80 quid a pop) with their press release stating: “This art form was popular during the Victorian and Edwardian eras”. It certainly was, but then again so was shoving kids up chimneys and syphilis, and I don’t see any great clamour for their return.
Mice – their dead animals of choice - are provided but students are, “Invited to bring any miniature items with which they might like to dress or decorate their new friends.” (And if you can’t consider a deceased rodent - that you’ve just filled with chemicals and then dolled-up to resemble, say, Justin Bieber or Theresa May – as a friend, then who, in these strained times, can you?) RM