Taxidermy: 200 stuffed animals get a spring clean
The stuffed animals at a museum have been getting their spring clean.
Every five years, a team of specialist cleaners at Leicester's New Walk Museum spend about eight weeks painstakingly removing dust from the taxidermy exhibits.
They use a special vacuum cleaner and fine brushes to clean the animals while the displays are closed to the public.
Some of the creatures, including an orang-utan, several polar bears and dozens of birds, date back to 1870.
A kestrel can take about 30 minutes to clean, whereas larger animals like the chimpanzee can take a few hours, collections manager Heather Southorn said.
23 Mar 2019