One of the first email forwards I ever recieved (so…1996?) was a photo of a stuffed mouse who’d had some sort of bird feet grafted onto him.
“That,” I said, “Is the scariest non-alive animal contraptration I’ve ever seen…”
Turns out, I was waaaaaaay wrong. Environmental Graffiti has scoured the web and come up with a postmodern taxidermy primer, which, either by design or default, is quite creepy. Which makes sense: animal combinations (sphinx, griffin, minotaur, mermaid, etc) have been the stuff of myths and legends since the earliest cultural narratives.