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The women who are killing it in taxidermy

If you were asked to conjure up an image of a taxidermist, you could be forgiven for visualising a moustachioed man in Victorian hunting attire. Now, more than a century after the practice reached a peak of popularity, a new wave of female taxidermists aims to change people's perceptions about their profession.

It started with a school trip to a museum. The dinosaur bones were boring and so were the fossils, but when it came to the dead mammals, six-year-old Hannah Debnam was hooked.

"It freaked a lot of the other kids out but I was just staring at it all: the lion, the tiger, the articulated horse skeleton - I was just utterly amazed."

Now aged 28, she is one of a growing number of young women who have made taxidermy their trade.

"I spot dead animals when I'm driving and take them home. Instead of buying me flowers, my husband brings me dead things.

"I can't stand the thought of these animals going to waste, rotting on the side of the road," she says.

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