The art of taxidermy is a technique for preserving and showing animals as they appeared when they were alive. It requires a knowledge of anatomy, sculpture, tanning, dyeing, painting and natural history.
Orange County at one time had enough professional taxidermists to require counting with both hands. Today there are just three.
There appears to be a trend in bereaved pet owners who are turning to taxidermists in order to keep their beloved animals with them forever. Most taxidermists refuse to work on pets because, they say, the owners are never really satisfied. Taxidermists say they can make animals look like they're alive, but they can't put personalities in their faces.
Two of the three are willing to handle pets. Some of those they have worked on include iguanas, hamsters, dogs, cats and snakes.
And yes, it's against the law to stuff a human being (though the request is still made). The prices listed below include mounting.