Repost from @youngmeerim 🐮😎 For the next two months Young will be cleaning and restoring specimens from the veterinary anatomy collections - the first one to get a clean-up is this wax injected head from a cow 💉🐮✨ The specimen is from around 1850 👵🏻
This is a very cute little leatherback sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) from 1873🐢💦 It is sometimes called the lute turtle or leathery turtle, is the largest of all living turtles and is the fourth-heaviest modern reptile behind three crocodilians. It is the only living species in the genus Dermochelys and family Dermochelyidae. It can easily be differentiated from other modern sea turtles by its lack of a bony shell, hence the name. Instead, its carapace is covered by skin and oily flesh.
Today we moved some of the oldest specimens in the zoological collection 🐍💦 These snakes have been collected by P.C. Abildgaard who was the founder of The Veterinary School - he was born in 1740 and died in 1801. So these are some fairly old specimens, and we have to take very good care of them 😊