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Nov. 19th, 2010 | 09:24 am
posted by: hellotheremary in from_nature

Hi Guys!  

Underneath a 1st floor balcony in my apartment complex, there's been this dead squirrel. I've been told it was there since this summer. And I walked past it every day, and I really, REALLY wanted it! I would much rather be around live animals then dead ones, and I personally would not be ok with purposefully killing an animal to have some part of it.
But I can't pass up this little guy, I mean, wait till you see the photos. The tail is so adorably neat.

So yesterday, I got me some gloves and swiped a plastic target bag from my roommate and I acquired the squirrel! Now, I just really want the skeleton, which seems to be all... well connected with the exception of a little paw, which is kind of dangly.

I've been looking at tutorials online on how to clean it, but I'm not sure how to clean it form this particular stage, I don't want to damage him, because the little bones are all so fragile!
SO I was wondering if I could have some advice!!! I just want the skeleton and I'm not afraid to get my hands dirty. As long as I can be wearing gloves, heh.


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from: jacques_strappe
date: Nov. 19th, 2010 03:01 pm (UTC)

Squirrel mummy! It looks so cool. I'm not really sure of the best way you would go about cleaning it... if you want the bones and don't mind them being separated, maybe maceration is the best way to go? I'm not an expert at this.. usually the animals I find aren't mummified, lol! Maybe you should first, as carefully as possible, start removing all the mummified stuff.. either with forceps or just by hand. Is the body completely dry, or is there still some squishy stuff inside? Does it smell?

I bet there are other people in this community who have far better advice! Great find.

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from: hellotheremary
date: Nov. 19th, 2010 03:29 pm (UTC)

Thank you!!!
I love love the squirrel mummy.
It's super dry, and from what I can see, hollow. And not smelly, which is superb.
There was some more fur on it that I just pulled right off. But the skin seems to be super intact. That's why I haven't even tried to remove it yesterday, I'm afraid of breaking him!
But thank you for the advice!!! :3

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from: spiralsheep
date: Nov. 19th, 2010 04:29 pm (UTC)

How you clean it depends on precisely what you want to end up with. Using the easiest methods the skeleton will disarticulate and you might lose some of the smaller bones (although if you're careful you should get all the main bones and teeth).

I suggest crossposting this to furhideandbone. They'll love the photos and can give you specialist advice if you specify your end intentions. Also, check their tags for previous informative posts on cleaning and creative ideas. Good luck! :-)

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