How To Skin A Tiger

zooophagous:

greylilacs:

zooophagous:

naturepunk:

recklessisawreck:

Okay, is it just me, or does this “coyote mount" look more like an Australian Cattle Dog/Blue Heeler dog, rather than an actual coyote?? A poorly mounted one of course, but yeah.

They got it from an Estate Sale so I really wonder if the original person shot a dog, thinking it was a uniquely colored coyote, and then got it mounted? Or maybe it was their pet. Or maybe a coydog with a LOT more dog than coyote??

I don’t know, but I somehow doubt this is a “purebred” coyote. Despite that all, the fur is beautiful. But really, what do you think?

Looks like the skin didn’t quite fit the form, which is probably part of the reason it’s such a terrible mount. Besides, that’s a really weird pose for someone to pick for a pet dog, as is the eye color. 

Given that, I’m leaning heavily toward the “Ooops. I shot a dog. I’m going to pretend it’s a coyote and have it mounted on a coyote form even though it’s probably not going to fit and see how it turns out” option.

It’s almost like the person who shot it was so in denial about having killed a dog that they went to every extreme they could to make it into a ‘coyote’ instead. Whoops. 

I was thinking that it was perhaps a “pet” mount that was done on a coyote form because nothing else was available. But then, why the yellow eyes? What an…interesting conversation piece.

I was noticing a lot of the eyes in vintage taxidermy mounts were yellow and it made me wonder if maybe yellow was the cheapest/easiest color to get. It’s creepy?? But kinda cool

That’s true too. If all they had was a ‘coyote’ form, maybe all they could get were ‘coyote’ eyes. I bet the form and eyes were sold as part of a kit. I’ve seen a few vintage ads for taxidermy kits that came with a pelt, a form and a set of eyes but usually for small animals like birds or squirrels.

(Source: recklessisawreck)

naturepunk:

daily-owls:

I know this is not what some of you want to see, it’s really not but all of you need to know the dangers of using rat poison. Rats eat the poison and the owls eat the rats. Then ends up slowly killing the bird from the inside out. There is plenty other alternatives to using rat poison. I had stumbled upon this little guy because a friend had texted me and told me that he was in a park near my house so…. needing a falconry great horned owl I went to go get the baby to imprint it and use it for falconry but Instead i found the mother hoping from tree to tree around the baby, that died about an hour before I got there. so please everybody think About the consequences your actions will have on the environment and the beautiful majestic creatures that you would inhabit it.

-Cj

Important PSA about rat poisons and the damage it does on wildlife! 

(via hrokr)

bleachedbonesandoldskins:

Went bone collecting with my uncle on Easter Sunday and these are our finds. Nothing but deer and cow bones, but it was fun and I finally have something in common with my only uncle again!