PHOTOS: 20 Taxidermy Animals That Are Awful and Amazing

As a kid you might have wandered through taxidermy displays at a museum of natural history, and marveled at the diorama of life-like animals. Taxidermy can be an effective and educational way to preserve creatures after death—and to learn about nature.

However not all taxidermy is created equal, and when taxidermy goes wrong it becomes the freakish stuff of nightmares. Some of these distorted animals are almost unrecognizable, and it’s hard to tell exactly what species it used to be. Others are actually a little funny, but in an uncomfortable and still pretty terrifying kind of way.

Enter the strange, terrifying world of taxidermy gone wrong in the slideshow above. Check out more of these disturbing creatures over at BadTaxidermy.com.

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