Photos which 'celebrate' The Art of the Stuffed Dead Animal

Everybody loves animals. But then they want food. And walks. And, in the case of some bigger ones, to kill you. And who has time for that these days?

The solution mooted in a new book is taxidermy — turning critters into curiosities, conversation pieces and even furniture (see the no-home-should-be-without “grizzly bear dumb waiter”).

Author Alexis Turner, a DJ-turned-bar-designer-turned-taxidermist (as you do), covers its use in art, in zoomorphic taxidermy, where animals enact human scenarios (who doesn’t love bareknuckle-boxing squirrels?), and when freak animals are made up of body parts from different species, though we’re fairly confident the two Homo sapiens above are anatomically sound.

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Taxidermy by Alexis Turner is out now