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Rummaging through LiveJournal's Fur, Hide, and Bone community

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Each week we browse LiveJournal’s Popular Entries feature to unearth fascinating, obsessive, and sometimes bizarre communities for your perusal. There’s bound to be one just for you.

Do you have jaguar skins, bobcat skulls, and rat mummies lying around the house but no idea how to care for them? Or, on the far more likely chance that you don’t have dead animal matter just hanging about, how would you like to see some?

Fur, Hide, and Bone is a LiveJournal community that can solve both of these problems. This group’s users love to share cleaning tips, trade and sell furs, and show off common and exotic animal viscera. Whether you’re in the market for a jaguar pelt or just need to know why the animal flesh you buried is attracting maggots, you’ll strangely find it here.

Founded in 2004, the community’s 1,000-plus members also sell pelts and parts on their own Etsy team. However, it’s not an animal corpse free-for-all. The community’s number one rule is to “be respectful... of the living and the dead.”

Fur, Hide, and Bone’s profile page also includes a variety of resources for users wondering which animal parts are legal to own and trade.

Here are our top three finds from the past few weeks.

1) “Look what came in the mail today!” user tura titled this post. Did you guess a disassembled baboon skeleton?

2) Have you ever seen a blue fox? Community member Talakestreal has. She’s selling this dyed fox pelt to fund a summer clothes shopping spree.

 

3) Community member paddlefoot_wolf received tiger claws as a gift after John, the tiger at the local zoo, died of health concerns related to old age. Since this user is from Mississippi, it’s unlikely he could have legally obtained tiger parts any other way.

“[B]y gosh I'm too gleeful about this to sleep right now,” he wrote.