Small Wild Cat
bagged - stuffed animals in quarantine (2008)
More than 50 years ago the renowned insect researcher, animal illustrator and taxidermist Walter Linsenmaier founded the Animal World Panorama in Ebikon near Lucerne, Switzerland. Six years after his death, at the end of 2006, the unique museum was closed. The Natural History Museum of Lucerne has acquired a large number of dated mounted animals from the store of the Linsenmaier collection and therefore suggested to the Linsenmaier family to put the other mounted animals into storage on the premises of the Natural History Museum until a possible resale. To destroy pests such as clothes moths, fur and museum beetles in the feathers and fur of the animals and to avoid introducing them into the existing collection, each mounted animal was individually wrapped up in a plastic bag with mothballs and sealed hermetically. Many of the photographed objects have already been released from the bag and been integrated into the Natural History Museum's collection.