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This Woman Makes The Most Delightful Taxidermied Squirrels

Yes you read that right.

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Thanks to a taxidermy artist in Whitehorse with a sense of humour, we now know what Slash would look like as a squirrel.

Cindy Klippenstein

Also Gord Downie.

Cindy Klippenstein
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Or an ice fisher.

Cindy Klippenstein

These little fellas are the work of Cindy Klippenstein, who got into taxidermy a few years ago.

She grew up in Manitoba, and used to work at hunting and fishing lodges. It was after she moved to Whitehorse, Yukon, eight years ago that she found a community where taxidermy is thriving.
Cindy Klippenstein

She grew up in Manitoba, and used to work at hunting and fishing lodges. It was after she moved to Whitehorse, Yukon, eight years ago that she found a community where taxidermy is thriving.

"It was just something that I was always interested in," Klippenstein told BuzzFeed Canada.

She studied fine arts in university, so taxidermy is a way to apply those skills.
Cindy Klippenstein

She studied fine arts in university, so taxidermy is a way to apply those skills.

"It’s pretty creative. It’s sculpting and painting and recreating the animal."

Cindy Klippenstein

While some taxidermy artists aim to create a natural look, Klippenstein takes the squirrels in a funner direction.

Cindy Klippenstein

She’s currently apprenticing and working with larger animals like moose, but she got started with squirrels for fun and practice, sourced from local trappers.

Cindy Klippenstein

Some creations were happy accidents — like the time she accidentally cut off a limb but then turned the squirrel into a peg-legged pirate.

Cindy Klippenstein

Other ideas, she said, are "just from my own twisted brain."

Cindy Klippenstein

"I have a strange sense of humour and I guess I needed an outlet for that."

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And people can't get enough. The first time she did a squirrel show, everything sold on opening night.

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She said that although people may find the idea a bit creepy, they often change their mind when they see how cute and creative the squirrels are in-person.

Cindy Klippenstein

The demand's gotten so high that she's launched an Etsy shop, called Fur & Loathing.

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Just in case you know someone who needs a squirrel reading "PlaySquirrel" in their life.

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Lauren Strapagiel is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Toronto, Canada.

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