Photos from squirrel taximdermy diorama museum in Wisconsin funeral home

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Garth Johnson of Extreme Craft says:
I thought I'd clue you in about my visit to the Albino Squirrel Heaven in Madison, Wisconsin yesterday. If you follow the link within Extreme Craft, you can find a whole gallery of the insane dioramas there. The whole thing is in the basement of a funeral home. Unfortunately, we didn't get to meet the creator, who is now getting on in years, but the place was amazing just the same.
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  1. I’m from Madison, I’ve been there *and* talked to the creator. He’s a really wild, nice guy with one heck of an imagination. Definitely something to see.

  2. Where on earth did he get white squirrels? In my yard I have black, gray, fox, red and striped ground squirrels but never a white one. Did he breed them?

  3. The ground squirrels here are white until they reach adolescence/adulthood. I used to have a lot of them in my old back yard. A friend of mine looked out the window and saw a dozen tiny white squirrels cavorting and gamboling and thought that he was having an acid flashback.

  4. If a civilization of intelligent astro-squirrels tap into the net and find this Flickr set this planet is totally, totally screwed.

  5. Stefan,

    You had better just hope that they don’t find that picture of your dog bearing the tiny corpse of one of our new Sciurid overlords.

  6. I dated a woman who collected taxidermy oddities. I gave her a stuffed piranha and a mounted skunk, rampant. The centerpiece of the collection was a 2-headed calf which no one was allowed to touch.
    Okay, right now there’s a woodpecker on my bird feeder looking for suet. Better take care of that…

  7. It appears that someone attempted to preserve and pose it, but gave up and left it next to a telephone pole

    That would haunt my dreams. In fact, now it will.

  8. When I first saw this headline, I wondered why a Wisconsin funeral home would have photos from a squirrel taxidermy diorama — it seemed a rather tasteless selection for artwork in a funeral home!

  9. ROSSinDETROIT: That would haunt my dreams. In fact, now it will.

    Are you actually near Detroit? That photo was taken in Shelby Township along 22 Mile, just west of M-53 (VanDyke).

  10. Oh man, there was this crazy place in San Francisco that had taxidermies like that. They had mice in ballerina costumes and a bride and groom mouse. It’s so nuts.

  11. Oh my god, I live in Madison.. I HAVE to take the kids I work with on a twisted field trip to this place!

  12. Ross,

    I think that you have finally surpassed Takuan and me in the freaky department. Mazel tov.

  13. I wonder if this is the “mecca of albino squirrels that Weird Al talked about in his song about the “Biggest Ball of Twine in Minnesota.”

    Or it could be Marionville, Missouri, which I live about half a mile away from (I even have a “Marionville, home of the white squirrels” T-shirt):

    http://www.ruralmissouri.coop/03pages/03DecSquirrels.html

    Amusingly, Marionville is one of five towns that claim to be the home of said squirrels—and none of them is particularly happy about the others:

    http://www.roadsideamerica.com/set/squirrels.html

  14. Torrington, Alberta is a small town whose claim to fame is the Gopher Hole Museum.

    “This attraction features stuffed gophers (Richardson ground squirrels) posed in a series of 47 anthropomorphic scenes, from a hair dresser to a preacher to an RCMP officer.”

    Yee-haw.

  15. Been there and didn’t find it at all tasteless, I think because it seemed to be created with genuine enthusiasm and a desire to explore the possibilities of the medium of taxidermy, rather than “hey look at the funny dead animals.” Worth checking out if you are in the Madison area. In fact, Madison in general is worth checking out if you are within driving distance.

  16. @9
    when you looked up, did you see the live wire the squirrel had chewed the tape off of?

  17. Kind of logical for an undertaker who embalms Humans
    would wish to have this Taxidermy of squirrels as
    a hobby.

  18. Are you actually near Detroit? That photo was taken in Shelby Township along 22 Mile, just west of M-53 (VanDyke).

    Ross,

    I think that you have finally surpassed Takuan and me in the freaky department. Mazel tov.

    According to Google Maps I’m 24.3 miles from that spot. The hairs on the back of my neck are now on permanent alert.

  19. The wife and I have started the habit of having a pastry and coffee at a patissiere down the street on weekend mornings.

    I’m totally going to have to see if it’s open this Sunday!

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