So I bought a dissection bucket of three rats as a pilot study, to see if I still remembered how to taxiderm small mammals. I told myself that if I did a decent job, we can see about ordering more rats.
Well, I already showed you my first rat, Princess Fat-Fat, aka St. Francis of Assisi. Here are the other two rats from my pilot experiment.
The first one here I don’t really have a good name for. I’ve just been calling him Sparkplug until I come up with something better. He was fashioned with some pieces of the remote control that Giles destroyed a few weeks ago. Maybe I could call him “Video 2.”
St. Lucy was arranged to marry a pagan, but she refused because she wanted to keep herself pure for The Lord and not sully herself with a heathen. She found herself on trial for this and upon facing the judge, she was found guilty and the guards came to take her away. Except she was so filled with the Holy Spirit that she was suddenly as heavy as a mountain and even a team of oxen couldn’t move her. So they stabbed her in the throat instead. Also, at some point they may have gouged out her eyes. Hence she is depicted as presenting her eyes on a plate or a chalice:
Sometimes she also carries the sword that stabbed her in the throat, and I saw some pictures of her holding some kind of plant, but I haven’t been able to find out what’s up with the plant.
Now in another post I mentioned that Princess Fat-Fat, aka St Francis of Assisi, was a ridiculously fat rat when she was in the dissection bucket and was twice the size of the other two male rats. Now I have a picture that shows off the size comparison and we can marvel and wonder at why St. Francis is so enormous.
And finally just for fun I took a family portrait. I hope the rat family grows soon.