An art teacher gave a dead cat a ‘terrifying’ grin, and a ‘hotdog’ body stretched to twice its size after trying taxidermy for the first time.
Jennifer Clark, 46, accidentally created ‘Frankenstein’s cat’ when she brought a tabby she found at the roadside home to work on and used online videos as a guide.
Things started to go wrong when the dead animal’s skin began balding and stretching as she prepared it for stuffing.
She tried to save the project by sticking its fur back on and stuffing it with coat hanger wire.
But Ms Clark’s attempts left the cat with a long body, spindly legs, gaping mouth and staring eyes and looking like ‘something from a horror movie’.
The elementary school teacher from Citrus County, Florida, shared snaps of the cat she’s named Oscar on Facebook and then decided to give it a photoshoot after users called it ‘disturbing’.
Ms Clark, who lives with 41-year-old boyfriend Neal Richardson and daughter Paris Clark, 17, described what went wrong, saying ‘Once you’ve removed the insides, you turn them inside out, put salt on them, then wash it off after a few weeks, but his hair started washing off and his feet dried up.
‘That’s why he’s standing on his tiptoes because his feet went hard and I didn’t know what I was doing wrong. He was bald but I just thought “I’ve come this far I have to keep going”.
‘When I was ringing the water out of it like a towel, the skin just kept getting longer and longer and longer in my hand and apparently that’s very easy to get wrong.
‘The mouth kept stretching too, so I didn’t know what to do with this giant, gaping mouth, so I decided to put some felt in there. I think that looks quite cute though.
‘I kept thinking ‘it’ll get better, it’ll get better “I can fix this”. I thought I could add some fake fur and do some touch-ups and it’d look better but no, I didn’t do a very good job.’
Ms Clark admits her project is ‘scary’ despite her best intentions, but it hasn’t stopped her from it having pride of place on the front windowsill for the last seven months since completing it in December 2020.
She added: ‘He’s scary but also he’s pretty cute, he’s got such a big smile.
‘He just looks like a happy cat, either that or he’s screaming or throwing up.’
Ms Clark has successfully stuffed squirrels, a raccoon and a possum too, but admits cats have been the hardest animal to master so far.
She named the dead animal Oscar after the US hot dog firm Oscar Mayer because of his body’s bizarre length but said she wasn’t sure of its gender.
Ms Clark said: ‘When it was finished I thought. ‘Oh good lord, do I ever want anyone to see this?”
‘Sometimes you want to preserve your animals but if you bring a cat back from the dead you might get something like the Pet Cemetery movie or Frankenstein’s cat, and this is like that.
She added: ‘I haven’t shown my class because they’re small and they might be scared by him.
‘But if they liked him I wouldn’t mind putting him in the classroom and having a classroom mascot.’
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