Governments are pressing us to become ever more "environmentally friendly", so it makes sense to turn our dead mutts and cats into something fun or useful, rather than consigning them to landfill, or flushing them down the toilet (I did that to a dead goldfish once, but I prefer to think of it more as a Viking ceremony).
Anyway, I was doing a bit of research about innovative uses for dead pets, when I stumbled across a Dutch artist called Bart Jansen. His pet moggy (Orville) was unfortunately squashed by a juggernaut. But after Bart had peeled Orville off the road, and subsequent resuscitation attempts had failed, he made a decision ..... that Orville must live on, in one guise or another.
In a stroke of genius, he decided to capitalise upon Orville's lamentable and procumbent state by ....... turning him into an 'Orvillecopter'.
First of all, Bart stuffed Orville, thoughtfully retaining the characteristics of his flattened demeanour. Then he teamed up with a helicopter expert to attach the flying mechanisms. As Bart said himself, the results were 'artwork'.
And because I am like Mother Theresa (except that I don't wear sackcloth skids), I have got some pictures for you ...........
Pic.No.1 Bart stares lovingly at his four-legged furry friend prior to his virgin flight
Pic.No.2 Orville soars through the air like a mighty eagle, except that eagles don't have electronic cables hanging out of their arses ..... or stabilisers
Pic.No.3 Bart conceded that Orville has grown more intellectually challenging following his sudden demise. "When he was alive, I gave him Kitty treats," Bart said, "but now I have to contend with thermals and cumulus."
Pic.No.4 Orville undergoing routine maintenance
How cool is Orvillecopter? And the beauty is, that you don't necessarily have to have a dead pet to hand, unlike most taxidermy projects. It would be really easy to improvise using roadkill. Imagine Badgercopter or Squirrelcopter! That would outdo the neighbours ..... unless they were the ambitious type and took things a stage further with Deercopter .... or even Cowcopter.
So dahlink ..... can you out-taxidermy Bart? The gauntlett has been thrown down ........