Nickie recently acquired a premature zebra foal hide. The skin was in mediocre condition...the hair was very short, no hooves, and most of the hair was missing from the knees down to the feet. The foal was very small and would've weighed about 35 pounds. Michael P. had a zebra foal of about 50 pounds and he was nice enough to ship the carcass to us. Although his zebra was signficantly larger than her hide, it was a start to getting a mannikin and a jaw set. After looking at many photos of zebras and horse foals, she decided on a pose. The carcass was posed according to the reference and suspended on a table using cables and pulleys from the ceiling. A plaster cast was made of the body and foam was poured into the mold to produce a form. Many signifcant and complicated alterations were required. The form was chopped down at least 20% proportionally in order to fit the measurements of her hide. Muscle, bone, tendon, and veining details were also added. The head was cast separately using RTV rubber. From the RTV mold, a head was produced for the mannikin as well as an acrylic jaw set. Both of these were also reduced in size according to the skin. Earliners were made using the cartilage from her zebra's ears. The face and expressions were sculpted using Apoxie Sculpt. Along with multiple test fittings, she roughly airbrushed the skeletion onto the mannikin in order to check proportions. Hooves, genitals and the umbilical cord were sculpted using Apoxie Sculpt. The fuzz missing from the foal's legs, as well as spots of hair slippage, were repaired using a very light coating of zebra hair taken from a left over adult zebra skin, chopped into a fine flocking and glued to the bald spots. Stripes on the lower legs were airbrushed back on, prior to applying the flocking. The completed mount was photographed in our studio: She did let me mount the tiny bird. It is an African orange-cheeked waxbill finch. I had to have a crash course from my good friend Michael Vaden on mounting tweety birds.