#WheresRory goes to @HarvardMuseum- time for #taxidermy

As I indicated in my post from the other day, my trip to HMNH with Rory involved a lot of photography.  Enough that if I put it all in one post I’d either crash WordPress or everyone would give up because it was tl;dr.  So, today we’ll see the photos from some of the parts of the museum that feature more dead things, though not quite as old.  That’s right, I’m talking about taxidermy.

There are a lot of specimens from Africa, Asia, and South America.  There are a lot of creatures with horns, tusks, hooves, and other interesting adaptations.  Take a look.

Check out the rhino.  There are several species at the museum.  This was the one that most looked like it wanted to charge.
Check out the rhino. There are several species at the museum. This was the one that most looked like it wanted to charge.

As a reminder nobody needs a rhino horn but a rhino just like nobody needs an elephant tusk but an elephant.

I believe this is an Asian elephant.  Rory was just impressed with the neat reflection effect in the photo.
I believe this is an Asian elephant. Rory was just impressed with the neat reflection effect in the photo.
Somebody needs to go to the dentist, I think.
Somebody needs to go to the dentist, I think.

After taking a close look at the Hippo I think I finally understand why they kill more people in Africa each year than lions, elephants, leopards, buffaloes, and rhinos combined.

Rawr!  I'm a tiger!
Rawr! I’m a tiger!
The Siberian Tiger looks calmer but is a bit bigger.  I think Rory liked them both.
The Siberian Tiger looks calmer but is a bit bigger. I think Rory liked them both.

I don’t know how you feel about snakes but I like them.  Geoff?  He’s not a fan.  But I like them.  I think Rory does too.

That's a cobra on the right.  You should see how big the constrictor is.  HUGE.  Really, really, enormous.
That’s a cobra on the right. You should see how big the constrictor is. HUGE. Really, really, enormous.

And, of course, what would a visit to these places be without a sloth?  I have a permanent association with Jenny and sloths now.  I’m not sure how she’d feel about that…

Three toed sloth and Rory FTW.
Three toed sloth and Rory FTW.

Our next post will feature Rory in the Great Mammal Hall and the New England Forest Gallery.  And, as promised before, we’ll see some old friends.  Stay tuned.

~Kelly

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