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An ad appearing on Gumtree.com.au on Thursday offered between $35-$40 an hour for someone to don an owl costume and "watch over" a sleeping woman, the Sun reported, but eager jobseekers may be disappointed to learn the whole thing was a hoax.
The ad's author, who identified herself only as "Susan," wrote that she has trouble sleeping, and thinks she would be more relaxed if she had a costumed guardian keeping her company.
"I have always found great comfort in the idea that owls are the natural lookouts of our world and so it would really help," reads a re-print of the ad on Regretsy.
If someone were willing to take a pay cut, "Susan" would permit the employee to forgo the costume but "stick a feather or two to your forehead."
The ad even promises that "one muesli bar" will be provided each shift in case the attendant is feeling peckish. However, "Susan" noted she would "prefer it if you didn't face me when you ate the bar as I would find that very off-putting even if i'm already asleep [sic]."
The ad explicitly states "this is not a joke," but after receiving dozens of replies, the poster has come forward to confess that yes, it was a joke, News.com.au reports. "Susan" -- also known as 20-year-old University of Sydney student Meredith Eriksson -- says she was surprised by just how many replies she received.
"I didn't think anyone would take it seriously," she told the website.
Eriksson has started a blog cataloging the best responses.
"Please Susan," reads one email, "you are my only road to happiness. My owl costume is clean and I am ready to watch over you."
Eriksson received multiple photos of owl costumes, and even a marriage proposal from a man identified only as "Henry."
The blog notes that, though Gumtree has removed the ad, "Susan" is still accepting applications.
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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)