A Video Visit to the 2017 World Taxidermy Championships

Chris Higgins
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Every year since 1983, the World Taxidermy & Fish Carving Championships have hosted the world's best taxidermists in a fascinating competition. This year, the prizes totaled $33,000 in cash for taxidermists, along with $3,000 for fish carvers and a variety of non-cash prizes. In other words, competitive taxidermy is totally a thing.

In the video below, Brain Scoop's Emily Graslie visits the 2017 event and has the time of her life. She digs into the history of these "wildlife artists" and tours the show floor, interviewing judges and showing off some of the best displays.

Best part? Around 2:55, the "red panda" in the re-creation category. "It's a red panda, but it's not a red panda. It's a fisher that has been made to look like a red panda. That's amazing." -Graslie