Otago Museum collections co-ordinator Cody Fraser displays
some of the taxidermied sheep that will be sent to the
Shanghai Museum of Natural History in China as part of a
South Island exhibition. Photo by Dan Hutchinson.
Those putting together an exhibition for the opening of
the Shanghai Museum of Natural History have nothing to feel
sheepish about - well, maybe just one thing.
''Touchable sheep'' in the form
of three taxidermied Romney ewes and three lambs are waiting
patiently at Otago Museum before being shipped to China for
the grand opening in June.
Museum director Ian Griffin said it was ''a fairly big deal''
to have one of the opening exhibits at the museum and their
contribution would be ''pretty spectacular''.
The Otago Museum's exhibit tells the story of New Zealand
through the eyes of the country's inhabitants and would
include stunning Maori cultural pieces and natural history
items such as the sheep.
''For some reason the Chinese are fascinated by sheep and
part of the exhibition will be some sheep - taxidermied - so
the people in the exhibition can stroke them and feel their
wool and all that kind of thing.''
The sheep had been selected by an Alexandra farmer and
prepared by a taxidermist in Arrowtown.