I am hoping someone can help me out. I checked the archives, but all I could find was foxes slipping and tearing pre/during tanning. I am very much a beginner in taxidermy and have only done a handful of small practice mounts when I get spare time, and decided to move on to some foxes I have (from ones I have trapped and a few ranch ones) . All were prepped and salt dried by me, and were dry tanned for taxidermy by WLG a year or so ago. I wanted to rehydrate half of them to freeze and extend shelf life since I wasn't getting to them in a decent time frame. I spot rehydrated them in a few places and stretched, and all took it well, so rehydrated in water with salt (about 1 cup to 5 gallon lukewarm if that- water) about 15 minutes, checked them, and noses, ears, and feet were still hard, so gave them another 10 and seemed to do the trick. Gently rung them out, let hang about 15 minutes more to drip dry, then rolled in towel to get all excess water out before rolling up and placing in a ziploc bag to sweat overnight in the fridge before freezing tomorrow. They all did excellent minus one ranch fox, who after hanging to drip dry, the tail just started falling apart towards the tip--tears like paper with little to no force even needed. Base to mid of tail is perfectly fine with fantastic stretch. So my question is 2 fold: 1.) Is this something I caused with my technique and can it be avoided? --It was an expensive fox to have fall apart, and I have two more ranch ones to rehydrate and really don't want them falling apart. 2.) Is there a trick to mounting it like that? I saved the pieces of the tail that I could, and think I could patch it together, but highly doubt I will be able to sew the tissue paper like leather. Is there a way to get around this? I really don't want to waste this fox, and it's a unique enough pattern on the tail that I do not think I can just switch out a tail. Any and all help or advice would be greatly appreciated. Was really looking forward to mounting this fox, so would really like to make it work out. Thanks so much!