For some reason an old hobby has been resurrected - mouse stuffing.
No, not that kind of mouse. An actual rodent-type mouse, dead of course. From the NY Post:
Myself, there's a few rogues I know that could stand a bit of creative taxidermy. Dead or otherwise.
They look like sculptures, but the figurines were once living, breathing, scurrying rodents.
"It looks less like an animal and more like a weird art project," said Susan Jeiven, 39, a tattoo artist and taxidermist who'll teach the class at Observatory art space.
The three-hour stuffing session is not for the squeamish.
Jeiven buys the frozen vermin from snake-feed stores, then thaws them out and sucks out their blood with a syringe.
On class day, students will clean out the mice's innards with razors and remove their bones. Borox and strong chemicals are applied to preserve their coats.
Then the artistry gets under way, with the students shaping molds out of clay, sewing on the preserved skins, and using wires to set the mice into odd poses.
Jeiven is a purist, so her mice will be dressed in Victorian bloomers and vintage doll clothing.
"I don't like rogue taxidermy. I want them to look classy," she said.
And of course this activity is not limited just to mice.There are literally scores of wee beasties who are ripe for scraping, stuffing, mounting and dressing. You are limited only by your imagination and lack of taste.
Anthropomorphic taxidermy was once all the rage of high Victorian society. The Big Apple's first public museum, Scudder's American Museum, featured exhibits on it, and British practitioners created entire weddings and banquets with dozens of stuffed squirrels, cats and mice.
Some of the works fetched $53,000 during a 2003 auction of the largest collections of the oddities in Cornwall, and macabre artist Damien Hirst loves the stuff.
The strange art was featured in last year's comedy flick "Dinner for Schmucks," where actor Steve Carell fishes dead mice off the road to stuff and arrange them.
"There is definitely a revival. Our lectures that touch on taxidermy are standing-room only," said Joanna Ebenstein, an Observatory curator, noting that the biggest interest has come from women.
Thank you, but I'll limit my stuffing to turkeys and Thanksgiving.