I’m hoping to make this post a bit interactive, by posting very little beyond the title question and an image.
This, as many will know already, is the Tiger/Python mount originally in William Bullock’s London museum around 1813. Today, it’s in the natural history gallery at one of our partners, Rossendale Museum. There’s an accompanying label, dating to 1898, that says that this should be seen as a demonstration of the taxidermists skill rather than a representation of a real occurence.
So, a simple question, one children ask of taxidermy all the time: Is it real?
Hopefully we’ll get plenty of different ideas, then at the end of next week (Friday 5th) I’ll post another article with my own thoughts, and more about the specimen.