Stuffed walrus visits Margate

The Horniman Museum and Gardens waved off its walrus today, on his first trip for more than 100 years. The walrus is on his way to the Turner Contemporary in Margate.

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Massive stuffed walrus is in "tip-top" condition

We wanted him to be in tip-top condition to meet his new audiences – so he’s been cleaned and x-rayed to find out exactly what he’s made of, and packed carefully in his crate for the journey. He’s missing his walrus-wrinkles because at the time he was mounted very few people had seen a live walrus. This appearance is not untypical of large scale taxidermy at the time – and is of course part of his charm.

– Jo Hatton, Keeper of Natural History at the Horniman

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