. . . . drumroll please.

On the first day of class, Dennis warned us that “slippage can happen at any time.”  In case you were wondering, slippage is taxidermist-talk for large chunks of hair falling out.  Unfortunately, I had a bit of slippage on the last day of class.  Aside from that, my fox looks pretty darn foxy.  

Allow me to explain – today we arrived at 7 am since we needed a bit of extra time to get everything finished and ready for the long process of drying (it takes 7-14 days I am told).  As luck would have it, I had a great chance to play the girl-card today (this does not come up often when you are attending taxidermy school in Northern Wisconsin).  The main task:  using a blow dryer and a hair brush to fluff up the fur and take out all of the knots!  PLEASE, you call that difficult?  My childhood summers were spent crying as my mother used a comb and “no more tangles” conditioner to tame my post swim lesson dread locks.  This was far less painful (at least for me).  Sadly, Mr. Fox had a bit of slippage on the back of his ears so he will need some bald patches repaired.  Other than that, he looks fluffy and fabulous.  In a related story, there seems to be something behind him which really interests him. ..

He is currently drying in the “painting room” at A.I.T.  He is hanging out with a bunch of air brush kits and a bobcat who is leaping for an as yet invisible pheasant. I am still trying to think of a good name for my fox. . . any suggestions?  And speaking of pheasants, birds start next week.  Stay tuned.  

 

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The wire in his nose is intended to keep his nostrils round while they dry.  The wire on his ears keeps them from curling.

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Here he is. . . fluffy, don’t you think?

 

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What the hell is that darn bobcat jumping after??

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The bobcat has a bit of slippage around his eyes, but he is still looking pretty intent on that invisible bird. Image

Were you wondering about the fish of Wisconsin?  I knew you were.  ImageBird forms waiting and ready for next week’s excitement.  

 

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2 thoughts on “. . . . drumroll please.

  1. Well, there many things that could be described by the term slippage. However none shall be found On this page. Foxy Lady seems a good choice even though she is a he, perhaps no one will ever know. What will be your next bird subject? I hope it isn’t the “the bird man” of Miami.

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