The most lifelike dead animals anywhere.
September 15, 2011 7:18 PM   Subscribe

You probably thought this dear was alive. And this coyote was alive. And this pheasant was alive. NOPE. They're dead. They've been taxidermized by Chuck Testa. Ojai valley taxidermy.

Chuck Testa runs a taxidermy business in the Ojai Valley. He has a small but fascinating Youtube channel, which provides Tuesday Taxidermy Tips on (amongst other things) bear care, skinning out a bear head, and how to measure a bear skull.

(Almost needless to say, not safe for the squeamish, or those who prefer their animals alive.)
posted by Ahab (41 comments total) 23 users marked this as a favorite

 
*deer
posted by Ahab at 7:19 PM on September 15, 2011


I think I'd be equally scared by a stranger in my bed as a bear in my bed.
posted by kmz at 7:21 PM on September 15, 2011 [3 favorites]


Round about the bear in bed was when I started laughing so hard I fell out of my chair.

Note: Chuck Testa does not taxidermize pets
posted by oinopaponton at 7:25 PM on September 15, 2011 [5 favorites]


Nice hat?
posted by hanoixan at 7:26 PM on September 15, 2011 [2 favorites]


"There's a bear in my bed!"

"NOPE! It's Chuck Testa!"

"That's not better!"

"But I taxidermize the most lifelike dead animals anywhere!"

"That's nice, Chuck Testa. I'm calling the cops."
posted by louche mustachio at 7:37 PM on September 15, 2011 [8 favorites]


I guess I'm one of those weird kids who are fascinated by dead things, but I thought this is really interesting. (It's kind of crazy how quickly he can separate a bear from its skull.)

Also: who cares where it "came from?" We don't all live on Reddit.
posted by The demon that lives in the air at 7:44 PM on September 15, 2011


This is. Amazing.
posted by Mizu at 7:47 PM on September 15, 2011


[Do not do the snarkily-volunteering-a-presumed-via thing. The internet is a big and tangled place, this has been discussed previously.]
posted by cortex at 7:49 PM on September 15, 2011 [3 favorites]


I totally thought this was going to be parody.
posted by cjorgensen at 7:50 PM on September 15, 2011


See, what you really need to do is link to R&L Local Commercials because their commercials are off the hook.

White people and black people like our furniture.
No one makes it rain like Roger.
Note: cats communicate telepathically.
Nature is calling. Can you hear it? Listen…
Let me cut your hair, I really need the practice.
etc…
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 7:52 PM on September 15, 2011 [17 favorites]


[Seriously, you know where Metatalk is if you need to have a public discussion about this.]
posted by cortex at 7:57 PM on September 15, 2011


Nope.
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 8:04 PM on September 15, 2011 [1 favorite]


Quite funny but apparently he is wearing an SS cap (according to the youtube comments) which ups the weirdness quotient even more
posted by benny at 8:04 PM on September 15, 2011 [2 favorites]


Oh well if we're talking about hipsters poking fun at local commercials, nothing touches Pathway Foods (at least not without latex gloves on).
posted by oinopaponton at 8:10 PM on September 15, 2011 [3 favorites]


I live near Ojai and am not at all surprised to learn that the local taxidermist is also a Nazi memorabilia enthusiast. Funny commercial, though.
posted by contraption at 8:26 PM on September 15, 2011


"Taxidermied" always sounds wrong to me, like the sort of half-fake word you make up off the top of your head because you've had a brain fart and can't remember the real one.

I dunno. Like it ought to be "taxidermized" or "taxidermated" or "entaxidermened" or "their derms have been taxed" or something.
posted by nebulawindphone at 8:28 PM on September 15, 2011 [1 favorite]


Wow. I just totally fucked that joke up. Pretend I had told it in the correct order, K?
posted by nebulawindphone at 8:29 PM on September 15, 2011 [1 favorite]


My father used to make the opposite of this video. Ever Christmas he'd take a video of the family opening stockings and presents, the relatives visiting, the occasionial tail of a cat fleeing the scene, and... our Samoyed dog doing a remarkable impression of one of those sheepskin rugs. Later in the day, he'd make a point of taping a scene with the dog elsewhere in the house - just to prove that she had moved and was still alive, despite appearing motionless and possibly dead.
posted by maryr at 9:24 PM on September 15, 2011 [1 favorite]


A taxidermist made a presentation at a local career symposium when I was in high school. Mr. Testa's commercial has made me ashamed for not paying more attention back then.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 9:36 PM on September 15, 2011


Awesomest ad since the 'My Dog Spot' ads with elephants and lions ..
posted by Katjusa Roquette at 9:43 PM on September 15, 2011


Tim and Eric produced this ad, right?
posted by djduckie at 9:47 PM on September 15, 2011


Nope, Rhett and Link did.
posted by zsazsa at 10:16 PM on September 15, 2011


The puns and innuendos...oh my god.
posted by iamkimiam at 11:24 PM on September 15, 2011


Just be glad I didn't say, "The puns and innuendos...oh dear."
posted by iamkimiam at 11:25 PM on September 15, 2011


O HAI!
posted by oneswellfoop at 12:09 AM on September 16, 2011


GRANDMA!?
posted by loquacious at 2:42 AM on September 16, 2011 [10 favorites]


Mrs A and I have a running joke where whoever dies first will be stuffed and made into an animatronic version of ourselves to freak out visitors. We may be more serious about this than we think.

Also, nice to see Gene Parmesan found a new gig.
posted by arcticseal at 3:02 AM on September 16, 2011 [1 favorite]


One of my wife's cousin was, um, into taxidermy. He was on the quiet side but otherwise wouldn't strike you as out of the ordinary. That is, until you saw his room. He did pets, unlike Chuck Testa.
posted by tommasz at 5:27 AM on September 16, 2011


Mrs A and I have a running joke where whoever dies first will be stuffed and made into an animatronic version of ourselves to freak out visitors.

See Also*

*Keep reading, it gets wierder
posted by The 10th Regiment of Foot at 5:32 AM on September 16, 2011


Guess what, kids? Grandma's back!
posted by subbes at 6:45 AM on September 16, 2011


damn you loq
posted by subbes at 6:47 AM on September 16, 2011 [1 favorite]


"chuck testa does not taxidermize pets"...

Yeah, I suppose he doesn't do people either....
posted by tomswift at 6:53 AM on September 16, 2011 [1 favorite]


I did not expect to watch a guy skin a bear head today.
posted by MrMoonPie at 7:02 AM on September 16, 2011


Gorillamask jumps on the Chuck Testa bashing.
posted by TheBones at 7:05 AM on September 16, 2011


You probably thought this shark was alive.
posted by subbes at 7:09 AM on September 16, 2011


Well, that's one great commercial, you gotta give him that.
posted by Aquaman at 10:49 AM on September 16, 2011


I need to freedomize this Ford Explorer!
posted by tr33hggr at 11:25 AM on September 16, 2011


Officer 1: So can you identify the carjacker sir?

Man; I don't know, It all happened pretty fast. I think he was blond, maybe 124 pounds. I didn't notice any clothes but I'd say it's horns were about a foot long?

Officer 2: I'm sorry, what did you say? He had horns?

Man: Pretty sure. I was driving out of the garage and suddenly he was just right there, the next thing I knew I was on the ground and he was pulling away in my car. I can still here the sound of his hooves pulling the door closed.

Officer 1: You've been through a terrible trauma sir, it's only expected that your memory is a bit jumbled.

Man: No sir. I know what I saw; at first I thought it was alive, but Chuck Testa, that guy on TV was totally dressed up as an antelope when he stole my car.
posted by quin at 11:37 AM on September 16, 2011


Lookin' great, Bernie.
posted by louche mustachio at 11:42 AM on September 16, 2011


hanoixan: "Nice hat?"

I looked at it and thought that 'Ol Chuck was wearing an 6th SS Mountain Division Nord cap, because of the edelweiss badge on the side. I pointed this out on Rhett & Link's Facebook page, but evidently I was the only one who cared. The only conclusion I could draw is that neither Rhett, nor Link, nor many of their fans could identify a Nazi uniform cap on sight, having apparently never seen Battle of the Bulge.
posted by ob1quixote at 5:37 PM on September 16, 2011


"Oh no there's a bear in my bed!"

"Nope; Chuck Testa."

"Oh no there's a guy in filthy clothes and what is clearly Nazi memorabilia in my bed, and also the preserved outer surfaces of a dead bear in my bed at the same time!"

"... Okay yes. Got me."
posted by penduluum at 7:06 PM on September 16, 2011 [1 favorite]


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