An extraordinary discovery for this Briton. Indeed, Julie Gittoes, 62, unfortunately lost her husband Kevin. Wanting to do sorting out business after his death, she disobeyed one of the fundamental rules of her companion. Do not climb into the attic. Reluctantly, going up to the attic, she did a terrible discovery. We tell you everything!
A terrible discovery in the attic
Julie Gittoes recently lost her husband Kevin. One night, she therefore spent the evening alone in her large house in Blakedown, England. In order to be able to mourn her husband, she made intervene cleaners. And this, to sort out some things and tidy up your attic to make some space. Although her husband had always refused her to go up there, she had to resign herself to breaking this rule. She couldn’t expect what she was going to find upstairs. A funny surprise for everyone.
When the cleaners entered the scene, they discovereda huge number of boxes. They then asked Julie if she could identify what was in those boxes. However, Julie Gittoes did not know what it was about. The sequel seems unreal. The cleaners thus came out a lion’s head from 1920, a huge conger eel and a stuffed zebra. Julie couldn’t believe her eyes.
Julie Gittoes never thought Kevin could keep dozens of dead animals in their attic, especially without telling her. ” L’worker said to me, ‘You know, there are a lot of boxes up there. I found 12 pieces of taxidermy that I had no idea about”, she confided in an interview with the Mirror. Before adding: “I am impressed that Kevin managed to hide them”.
A rare collection discovered by his wife
The British wife knew her husband had a some interest in taxidermy. However, she had no idea that he had such a treasure hidden in the attic. The shareholders themselves had to remain speechless in front of this unusual collection. And for good reason, the objects collected allowed Julie Gittoes to make a good fortune. The fox was able to sell at auction for £850 while the otter found a buyer for £520.
In total, Julie managed to collect almost from £11,000 thanks to her husband’s passion and collection. However, she said she would like to donate the total sum to the Sarcoma UK association. An association that takes care of victims of sarcoma. Her husband succumbed to this illness. So she wanted pay homage to him, leaving the money to this association. A terrible discovery, but a real treasure in the end.
Taxidermy: a special practice
Taxidermy or naturalization consists of theart of preparing dead animals to keep it alive. Indeed, the principle of taxidermy lies in the construction of a structure or skeleton (in metal or wood) on which the shapes of the animal are reconstituted. This reconstitution is initially done in straw, hence the term “stuffing” to designate the operation. It is also called naturalization. The skin of the animal then comes to rest on it and adjust. And this, after undergoing tanning and protection by various chemical agents. In order to best reproduce the features of the animal and to make the closest reconstruction to reality, glass eyes and other devices make it possible to obtain certain organs which cannot be preserved. And this, such as language.
According to the Mirror, taxidermy has experienced a great popularity in the 19th century, especially among the bourgeois class. It served largely for educational purposes, but could also be considered an art form. Some of Kevin’s animals are said to have perished naturally, while others were subject to hunting and killing. A incredible discovery for this Briton which does not have nothing suspected of such greatness during their marriage.