Stuffed and pickled

We spent a couple of hours in the local African Museum this morning, ostensibly to visit the Spider exhibition. This was fun and high on the “Ewww!” factor for our kids, although it was interesting to note that half the fun came in trying to locate the various specimens inside their glass cases. Once spotted, there wasn’t much to see as they were all virtually immobile.

Paradoxically the traditional stuffed and embalmed animals attracted me more, mostly for reasons related to the manner of their preservation. For example, how long does it take to stuff a full-grown hippo?

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The baby hippo looks disturbed/ing.

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Something about the chimps’ faces was a little off.

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I’m no good at reading chimps’ facial expressions, but I’d guess this one’s not too happy.

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And then in the next room, a phantasmagorical collection of snakes in jars. Beautiful.

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I loved not only the selection of species but the variety of poses.

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Probably my favourite.

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Almost eating its own tail.

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Helical.

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Gasping for air.

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Token disgruntled frog.

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Yes, yes, feel free to make a froggy Gangnam Style joke.