|The McFlurry hedgehog|
Visitors could bring in their own dead animals, with the possibility that it could become a museum piece Prof. Kees Moeliker (of dead duck fame) was in attendance to judge whether these were suitable for the museum's growing collection of animals with a story.
|Like Antiques Roadshow, for dead animals|
There was also throughout the day a live preparation of a stork that had had an unfortunate run-in with a train. This drew a constant, and surprisingly varied, crowd of onlookers.
The preparator patiently answered the seemingly endless barrage of questions, it was like attending The Brain Scoop in person.
|The stork being ¨prepped for the ´skins´ collection|
Dead animal day was also the first time I got to see the newly expanded and improved collection of animals with a story that was opened at the first of the month. Previously it was a small glass and wood cabinet on the first floor, tucked away near the entrance to one of the main exhibits.
But now it has been given pride of place in the entrance hall and features such storied specimens as the dominomus, the necroduck, the breakfast bat, the headless canary and the McFlurry hedghehog.
|The `Chambermouse` from the Chambers of Parliament|
|The pretzel-mouse, found in a bowl of crisps|
Being a natural history museum there is also a large collection of taxidermied animals in more traditional displays, the large mammals are the main eyecatchers but the really interesting stuff is behind glass.