Taxidermy has been around for more than 100 years, but, unlike the animals who are preserved, it shows no sign of dying.
Some people prefer to preserve animals looking as normal as possible, but Audra Kunkle, star of the Science Channel series "Oddities San Francisco" likes to put her own touch on each creature she stuffs.
That means making the critters wear human clothes or play banjos.
It's not easy, but the hardest part is finding military outfits that will fit a bird.
"Oddities San Francisco" airs Saturday nights. In the meantime, check out a gallery of Kunkle's more bizarre creations.
'ODDITIES SAN FRANCISCO' WEIRDEST TAXIDERMIED ITEMS
The Loved To Death shop in San Francisco specializes in medical and biological oddities, historical curiosities, Victorian jewelry, and taxidermy dioramas. Oh, and two-headed pigeons.
Loved To Death owner Audra Kunkle is an accomplished taxidermist who has been bringing new life to dead things like this albino raccoon since the shop opened in 2008.
Victorian Lady Chipmunk
One of Kunkle's specialties is creating anthropomorphic dioramas featuring animals in human clothes and human surroundings. It was a popular hobby during the Victorian era that she says "was fascinating, yet so taboo. Even now."
Kunkle tries to use vintage clothes on all her anthropomophic taxidermied animals, but says it's easier to find clothes for birds than mice.
Kunkle doesn't go into her taxidermy project with a set idea, preferring to let the ideas hit her as she's working.
Bird In His Study
Kunkle said when she does an taxidermy piece she recycles a lot of parts that would otherwise being thrown by breeders. In that way, she keeps the animals alive.
Chipmunks Playing The Banjo
When making a taxidermy diorama, Kunkle says it's important to pay attention to detail.
Staff Of 'Oddities San Francisco'
The cast of 'Oddities San Francisco' stand in front of the Loved to Death shop in San Francisco. From left: Wednesday Mourning, Korri Sabatini, Audra Kunckle and Corin Griffin.
Knut The Polar Bear
BERLIN, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 16: A model of Knut the polar bear, that features Knut's original fur, stands on display to the public on its first day at the Natural History Museum on February 16, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. Though Knut, the world-famous polar bear from the Berlin zoo abandoned by his mother and ultimately immortalized as a cartoon film character, stuffed toys, and more temporarily as a gummy bear, died two years ago, he will live on additionally as a partially-taxidermied specimen in the museum. Until March 15, the dermoplastic model of the bear will be on display before it joins the museum's archive, though visitors can see it once again as part of a permanent exhibition that begins in 2014. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)