The Lion on Gripsholm's Slott



You may be asking for trouble when you commission taxidermy work from someone who is unfamiliar with the species. That was just the case for King Frederick I of Sweden in 1731. The lion was a gift, but after it died, the pelt and bones were presented to a taxidermist who had never seen a lion. You see the result looks more like a cartoon character than the king of beasts. The stuffed lion is still on display at Gripsholm's Castle. Ulrika Good tells us the story, with the help of Google Translate, and has more pictures. Link -via The Daily What

Update: Ulrika Good has posted an English version, which is better than the Google translation linked above.

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I guess the taxidermist got handed a toothless lion?
looks to me like a try to do a taxidermy on a dried out pelt years after the death of the animal.
looks like something pixar would come up with.
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Actually, the taxidermist did a pretty good job. That's just what a Swedish lion looks like. Kind of silly, like most Swedish things.
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