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Mounting Leopard Skin Fromm Road Kill

Discussion in 'Lifesize Mammals' started by Bernard Agwanda, Nov 10, 2019.

  1. Bernard Agwanda

    Bernard Agwanda New Member

    I have a leopard carcass in minus 20 freezer that was donated to me from a road kill. It took about 12 hours to get it to a freezer after death and it was blotted at the time it made it to a freezer in our museum.

    I have no experience treating this kind of skin and I was wondering if there is anyone with advice on how to pickle and tan this kind of skin before mounting it

    Please note this happened in Kenya where temperture is 24+ degrees celcius

    Thanks in advance
  2. pir^2h

    pir^2h Retrievers give you the bird

    For those who don't understand, 24 Degrees celcius, is about 75.2 degrees Fahrenheit.

    Conversion = Degrees Celcius times (9/5) + 32 = Fahrenheit.

  3. Sea Wolf

    Sea Wolf Well-Known Member

    Unfortunate, but you might be able to save it. Before doing anything, look online and buy a couple of bottles of a product called "Stop Rot". This was made originally by one of our wonderful members (RIP Glen) and is a miracle product. I realize you are in Africa and shipping will be expensive but I suggest you get it. As you skin it, spray the flesh side with this. I have used this on bloated, green belly coyotes and have had no slipping at all. Make sure you spray the whole hide with this till wet with it. Can't think of anything else you could do to try and save it. That length of time, in that heat, will not have done the hide any good.
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    WLELTD Active Member

    did a bloated tiger once, it was so bad I was gaging when skinning it, put it in formic acid and unbelievably it made it, haven't used the stop rot but hear good things about it
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  5. Dave York

    Dave York Well-Known Member

    Soak it’s whole head with
    It as well as its anal area.
    WLELTD I skinned a tiger that had died of kidney failure. I had to wear a respirator the smell was so awful. I had buzzards circling my garage. Gave me a real appreciation of what surgeons have to deal with at times.
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  6. Sea Wolf

    Sea Wolf Well-Known Member

    Hasn't been back since his post. I wonder how he made out.