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by Bryony Harrison (subscribe)
Freelance writer and poet from London; if you would like to read my poetry, please check out my book, 'Poems on the Page', available from
Get Stuffed, Rat
curious menagerie, squirrel

The things you can do in London just get curiouser and curiouser. Taxidermy is one of those things I thought were usually left to hunters, museum curators, zoologists, and cattle rustlers. I didn't generally think it was something that would appeal to your average Londoner. Yet Sarah Keen seems to have found a niche in the market, having set up a taxidermy school in London. She started out giving one-day classes for 130 using ethically sourced squirrels, and whenever I look at her online shop, the courses are always sold out? So where are are all these closet taxidermists hiding?

Keen has now started offering 85 classes for rat taxidermy, and her next course is scheduled for the 8th April, with bookings still available. The class is designed for beginners, and you will learn all the stages of small mammal taxidermy from skinning, cleaning, stuffing, sewing, and mounting, so by the end of the day, you have a finished product to take home put on your mantle.

Just make sure, that your pet, Whiskers, can't see it. It might be damaging to your relationship.
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Why? Learn a new skill
When: 8th April
Where: Curious Menagerie
Cost: 85
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