I am working in a taxidermy studio to learn the art. We have recently gotten a red fox in with a destroyed mouth. It was shot through by the hunter. I was wondering if anyone knew of where I could find a full body form where the fox is lying down and curled up real tight that might allow me to hide to muzzle with the tail...And of course i am open to any suggestions on what to do...
thank you for your time
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This would be a good opportunity for you to learn how to cast small mammals from their carcasses. Not really that difficult for a one time casting. Skin your animal out and pose in the position you want. Freeze. Take it out and pour Plaster of Paris over it using a cardboard box for a dam. One dry, remove the form and then cut the legs off the fox and cast them individually in the pose as you desire. Repeat the process. They could be flat sided with little effect since you want it sleeping. Once you have the castings, mix and pour some 3-5 pound foam into the mold and let harden. Cut off the flashing and overflow, sand and mount your fox.
George tells you a great way, but I would gut the animal first then fill it with cotton or excelsior. The heat from the plaster will cook the body somewhat and the fluids will start to leak out a bit. This will stop the plaster from curing the right way and will make a mess.
George and Frank are right, However, If you add a little ammonium sulfate to the plaster It will set hard even in the juices. I had a fox with the same problem, seem he was sniffing around a dirt hole set when he found the #2coil trap. and it did hold.....However I recommended a fox digging in the snow for a mouse, The customer liked the idea and we were both happy. the nose and part of the mouth were to be placed in the permanent snow, the form was easy to find and it looked great.
HOW MUCK OF THE NOSE IS GONE? DOES IT EXTEND DOWN INTO THE MUZZLE? IDEA- HOW ABOUT A DEAD QAIL MOUNT IN HIS MOUTH WITH THE WING FLAPPED OVER HIS NOSE? YOU WOULD SOLVE THE NOSE PROBLEM AND GAIN THE CHARGE OD THE QAIL MOUNT!