A different kind of “horny”

This sad story of a theft of rhinocerous horns from a museum has a twist:

“Two 19th century rhino horns stolen from a South African museum could be deadly if sold as a popular aphrodisiac because they are drenched in poison, a museum official said on Monday….”Before the mid-twentieth century, taxidermy mounts were prepared by being soaked in arsenic and preserved from insect infestation through regular applications of DDT, both highly toxic poisons that retain their toxicity over time,” he said.”

This is interesting, because we are trying to deal with some older bird and mammal specimens in our collections, and running into just this problem.
What was once a valuable specimen, if ignored, becomes mouse-nibbled toxic waste. That no one wants.

Sigh.

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