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Nice 2 know I'm not the only one
by: Leah

I have always had a problem with Taxidermied animals, heads r bad enough but the whole body ones r the worst. It has gotten worse as I have gotten older, & I think it is bcuz I now understand wat is so warped about & off about them, ( u all can give me ur thoughts on this). Having Native American Heritage, we were taught 2 hunt & eat wat u kill, u Honor their departing Soul giving Thanx 4 them. They were NOT put here 2 b Trophies, put on display 4 no good reason. All animals have a beauty all their own & deserve r respect. There is no beauty n a dead stuffed animal with glassy eyes it on display 2 gather dust, it does not Honor the Soul of the animal that was once a living, breathing, beautiful animal that is now just a mockery of life, I can't stand 2 b around them, it literally makes my skin crawl, & yes u can sense them, it is a strange feeling. I hope my comments help. Let me know ur thoughts, Thanx.

Wow...
by: Grace

If business owners realized how much business theWe have that in common as well. lose by hanging dead animals in their establishments... I live alone so I have to call ahead for 'head checks' or just never go anywhere new. And when I was married and my daughter was still at home we never went anywhere where they displayed taxidermy so the businesses lost 3 customers instead of just me. And I'll bet some of you guys have/will have bigger families than I had. And if I do go with family or friends to a restaurant they all already know if there's taxidermy I ain't going in so they don't even plan stuff like that out of courtesy to me.

I've had this all my life. Even when I was forced into the natural history museum every year as a child, the long horn hall of horns and every place in Texas they could force me into. And then there was the summer I spent in Alaska when my mother worked on the pipeline. It was a nightmare. Especially Tulsana Lodge.

I also know the nightmares of the dark room of taxidermy and no way to get out without 'feeling' the way out...or going to sleep and someone moving taxidermy into the room then when I wake I am blocked in and can only lay there still, with my eyes closed, and pray someone comes to rescue me. (Because I do realize realistically, they'll do nothing but stare at me lifelessly so as long as I cover my eyes, keep perfectly still and keep screaming or reach the phone I keep next to my pillow... just in case...) But they're both kind of the same nightmare, huh?

Never pawned anything, never bought anything from a pan shop, no sporting goods, no hunting supplies of they were giving jackets away, can't walk up to a museum, never get a good steak, no country dancing/club concerts in years. I too can tell from the outside if there is taxidermy in an establishment and I have a 98% accuracy rate. Even when others swear there is none, I've proven them wrong, without fail. That has to be a survival instinct thing. I'm not saying it makes sense but since so many if us have this 'learned' ability, there had to be something to it?! Can't visit certain friends and family...

I've read horror stories about people in some of the 'hunting' states going into restrooms and there's big heads hanging over the toilets! AAAAAH!

I managed to raise my daughter without making her afraid of it. She notices them more than usual and doesn't care for them but she's not afraid at all. She also never knew what foods I hated till she was grown. She has her own likes and dislikes, not mine, thank God. I did okay on that at least. She wasn't happy about not getting to go to certain places for birthdays and stuff though. She took that personally sometimes, like my mother used to. My phobia was in her way.

My first husband feared little, didn't understand it but accepted it and protected me. My second husband was scared of loose chickens (grew up on a farm) and didn't love taxidermy so he did battle with the dead animals and I shooed away the chickens when we visited his parents.

But I've been alone now 15+ years so I don't get out much. Of course I've trained myself over 50+ years to be able to gasp, turn, and walk directly out, if anything sneaks up on me. I haven't tripped over/on anyone in years and THANK GOD I don't faint cause, well, that's my worst nightmare, right!? And you know we all check around the door first when we enter, lest we get in and be unable to get back out in a hurry.

It's crazy. I know. I'm the only one in my family with it. I have no friends with it. No one understands it. Those that truly love me accept it, at best. But I don't get invited out a lot either. But no one really accepted it when I was younger. I used to have to put my hand in my little sister's back pocket, close my eyes and be led through places.

Then there's movies like Road House and the like... can't watch them on the big screen and there's no warning on movies for taxidermy, even though they use them to create scary scenes, 'got cha!' moments and to increase intensity... but you don't know when that's coming...

The anxiety, the panic attacks, the nausea from the adrenaline, the fear and the horrible, horrible dread... a guy passed me on the road with a full deer mount in a trailer one time in Dallas, with its head turned right at me and I almost wrecked my car.

I don't trust strangers. Maybe when they learn this about me they'll hang stuff on my house so that I can't leave or I can't enter... or maybe they'll play tricks on me like what has happened to other people I've read about. I read a story about a grandmother giving her granddaughter a mounted deer head in a wrapped up box, for Christmas! Since her granddaughter was afraid of taxidermy she thought it would be funny.

The point is, there's not one aspect of my life/daily living that this phobia can't invade. And understand, I'm scared of heights as well; can't drive over high bridges where you can't see the horizon, can't use glass elevators, hate rooftop scenes in movies...so I drive around those bridges and I don't use glass elevators and I close my eyes during some movie scenes. Simple. The taxidermy phobia is more complicated and less understood.

And I too thought I was alone in this for most of my life. We have that in common as well. I travel with a registered ESA whenever I can. That helps. And I do the call ahead thing, even if I'm already in the parking lot staring at the building, getting the heebie-geebies... ;-) You know... Or I just have to do without. It just really, really sucks. Thanks for listening. Grace

Taxidermy scare!
by: Harley Gramma

I'm 63 and I've lived with this debilitating phobia for 60 years. My fear causes me to pass out and wet my pants. I feel like I've tried everything to conquer my phobia. I live in Montana! Go figure! I've had more people laugh and make fun of me. Than people's support. That's makes it harder. I also feel them before I see them. MOST of the time. It's when I'm surprised that pass out.
I went on The Maury Povich Show on national television and made a total ass of myself in one of my attempts to get fixed. But that made my nightmares worse than ever. So I went to a therapist that specialized in phobia hypnotizing. I woke up standing in the main entrance of Sportsman's Warehouse! That quack took me out of his office under hypothesis in his vehicle ( without my permission) to this establishment to see my reaction. I didn't pass out but I did push past him and a few other customers as I made my way out and into the parking lot. Needless to say, I'm even worse than ever now! This was in 2000. I go to a wonderful therapist regularly now. She is helping me to face this debilitating phobia. One session at a time. But knowing that I'm not the only one! . Is the best medicine ever. Good luck everyone!😳

Thabkyou
by: Anonymous

I really thought that I was alone with this fear. I am so glad I'm not alone!! It's weird because none of us know the exact reason why we are afraid of taxidermy. It's gotten to the stage where i cannot look at taxidermy on the television or pictures of it. It's weird cuz I get a feeling when there's going to be taxidermy somewhere. I just really hope that this can become more well known as an actual fear and that people can discover what we are afraid of.

I'm not alone!!!
by: Anonymous

I'm so glad I'm not alone on this! I've had this fear my entire life. living in Colorado it's not easy having this phobia. I know they can not hurt me and I don't know why I have this fear. I've gotten go bad that I have my friends and family check in places for "dead things" before I can enter. i can tell there are going to be taxidermy animals in a place before I go in. I just get this feeling of fear and I can tell they're inside. when I tell people about this fear they just laugh at me. I have nightmares about them about every other night. Bears/ mountain lions/ and other prey animals are the worst. I don't know why but they just give me a strange feeling that I can not explain.

oh my gosh! I thought I was alone!
by: Anonymous

I'm currently 15, it is very embarrassing to explain my phobia to other people. living in Colorado everyone hunts. so everywhere I go there is a very high chance of running into stuffed animal of some sort. my fear started when I was very young, 4-5, I would go to the chiropractor with my dad. my dad was very good friends with his chiropractor and I knew him well. anyway there was an antelope head on the wall and the chiropractor used to take it off and chase me with it. being a young child this was horrifying. as I've grown this fear has stuck with me. when I tell people about it they just laugh and say "they can't do anything to you." I understand that. I can't really explain why I'm so terrified I know logically they can't harm me. it just scares me so much. it's gotten to the point where I make my mom check inside buildings before I enter. we had to leave a restaurant a few months back because a bird and a deer head were inside and I started crying. mountan lions and other big cats are the worst. I don't know how to cope with this phobia. it's getting hard to live with.

NOT A BUFFALO!!
by: Anonymous

Ever since now I thought I was a total FREAK! But now I know I'm not the only one!! I absolutely hate taxidermy animals!! So here's how it started...
I was about 7 or 8 and my grandma took me to bass pro shop, I saw all the deer and Buffaloes and I was like "those are weird". But it has just gotten worse! I have so many stories about this so these are some.
I went to the mall of America, I rode "log chute" I thought it was a regular water ride but NO!! There was a stuffed Ox inside:/ I stared crying!! This was like 4 years ago. Next story: it we my 13th birthday party and I wanted to face my biggest fear.. Bass pro shop! I was ready to go in with my friend he there by my side telling me "close your eyes" and I looked up and there was 2 deer bodies, I ran to my car! Next story: me and my mom were going to Texas road house and there is a buffalo there with a table under it and the waiter was walking towards there, my heart was pounding out of my chest. Then they say us RIGHT UNDER THAT BIG SCARY THING!! I told my mom "I can't do it!!!" And we got moved to a new table, thank goodness! To this day, I'm 15 and my fear is getting worse! I still have nightmares of Buffaloes falling on me and coming to life and hurting me and staring at me;( I HATE THEM!!!!!!

Terrified yet scared of taxidermy
by: Anonymous

I've always had a fear of taxidermy, which is ironic because I have grown up with a hunting family. My mom doesn't agree with mounting the heads of dead animals on the wall like a trophy but that's just her. I am TERRIFIED of all kinds of taxidermy it's giving me chills just thinking about it. The thing is I have taxidermy in my house I tolerate it more because I'm used to it but I still hate it. I love museums and I am fine with taxidermy as long as it's not staring at me. If you know what Bass Pro is its a shop that is for outdoorsman and has camping gear, hunting clothes, guns, bows, ect. But the main entrance is tall walls filled with mounted animals. I cannot walk in the main entrance I am so scared. I am surprised to hear that many other people have the same phobia as me.

OH MY GOD THANK YOU
by: Me.

Hi, I'm 14 years old an I've had this phobia for my whole life. Seriously though! There are so many people with this fear! I always though I was an idiot! They've always scared me! The thing is; people always ask me why I'm afraid of it, and I have to reply with "honestly, I have no idea" All the other stories I read, you guys have a reason. I on the other hand I do not. It makes me mad sometimes too.

I TOTALLY UNDERSTAND WHAT YOUR SAYING!! The 6th sense of all taxidermy phobia people! When we see a building that seems to be in any type of setting that is woodsy, outdoorsy, old, or made of wood even, our emediate thought is "crap" or for some of us it's: "nope!" "I'm not doing that!" We can just tell! When I walk into any building really, my first though is ok, is there any 'heads'.

I think my worst experience was about 2 years ago. I had never been into an 'urban outfitters' store. That day I was so happy and we were going all over town, shopping and having fun! My mind was way away from taxidermy. When I walk, I naturally look down. So, I'm talking to my friend that's beside me (she is fully aware of my fear) looking down. We walk into a small entrance room, and I go to stretch... As I'm stretching I look right up into the eyes of an elk or deer or maybe a moose even, I'm not sure what I was exactly but I know that there was two of them. Once I looked at it, I fell to the ground in tears. {I was not prepared and it was so sudden} my step-mother calmly told me that those were the only ones (I didn't want to go any further) and that I needed to get off the floor. Obediently I did.. (Keeping my eyes on the ground) we walked through the second pair of doors into a room filled with fishing supplies, and hunting supplies. I was frantically looking around, but saw no sign of 'you know what' I finally calmed down a bit. Until... I turned around completely... It was the most I have seen in one place. You could not see the walk behind it. My friend was amazed. I on the other hand launched my body as quick as I could behind a sunglass cart. I don't think I've ever cried that hard before. Thankfully there were only two other costumers in the store.

I thank you so much for being in this somewhat support group! I loved reading all of your stories and could relate well to them!!

Afraid of those dusty,musty, 'trophies'
by: Anonymous

I feel so relieved reading the stories and coming across this page. I remember a time when I would type in my fear on the computer and no results came up. Now there are dozens of pages! (which reveals this to be a very rare phobia compared to others that have thousands and thousands of results).
To this day I have nightmares about being in the dark with the heads or having the hair on the chin of the moose head touching me anywhere. Nothing really gets to me or scares me, no horror or exploitation / gruesome movies startle me but a dusty buffalo head makes me drop on sight and cry. I would never touch a deer head but if there ever is one where i don't expect to find one that fear hits me like a dagger.

My Solution for Coping
by: Anonymous

As most of you have already made clear, I totally thought I was alone in this fear- I'm so glad I've found this site to share my story. My phobia began when I was about 8 or 9, and my family took a trip to Northern Minnesota. I couldn't go in to half the buildings up there! Back then it was fish, birds, anything stuffed, I couldn't go inside. ESPECIALLY heads. So, as many of you know, the routine 'head check' was required any new place we ventured. I would have my mom even call ahead and ask restaurants, hotels, etc. if they had any taxidermy. My earliest memory of missing out on an experience was not being able to go on my 5th grade camp retreat, because the lodge had a moose head. I was so embarassed to have to explain this to my friends and teacher. Like many of you, I could definitely 'sense' if a place would have heads. Log cabins, antlers (which I also couldn't stand), and generally any place in rural Minnesota. During middle school, most of my family thought I would grow out of my phobia, and it was getting a little ridiculous. Luckily, as I got older, I could cope going in rooms with fish and small mammals, but NOT heads. I felt so shameful for having to miss out on friends' cabin trips and making up silly excuses, but it was better than the anxiety and fear that came along with seeing heads. As many of you have also mentioned, the unknown of what and where the heads are when going to a new place is the absolute worst. I didn't choose to face my fear, but on a field trip in 8th grade I was forced to. We were on a day retreat to a camp, doing outdoors activities. Finally, we all filed into a little cabin to hear a speaker. I looked up, and there was a giant elk head staring back at me. I immediately started tearing up and looking down, but there was no where to run. As we sat in that room for nearly 2 hours, I looked at the elk head, alot. And you know what? It didn't disturb me anymore. I got used to it. I became desensitized. I left the cabin feeling so much joy, since I conquered my fear! Well, kind of. That summer, my family planned a trip to glacier park, Montana. I knew there would be heads, and there were. And I coped. Today, I'm 20 years old, and I often take trips out west and up north. I know I'm bound to run into heads, but I don't get worked up about it. I still HATE that horrible 'surprise' moment when you don't think there will be one, and it catches you off guard. I still feel discomfort around them, and I always need to be aware of where they are in a room. But I no longer let it restrict me from exploring and living my life. While I never thought the exposure method would be the answer, I'm so glad it did happen, unexpected, to teach me that I can cope with this fear.

Museums Are Torture And The Family Doesn't Understand
by: Anonymous

I think my fear started in the 1st Grade. A teacher was taking us on a field trip to see some birds. When I'd asked about it she made it sound as if they were living. Inside we had to sit around in a small space with taxidermy raptors hanging from the ceiling, owls sitting on the shelves, small birds in glass cases. It was just a nightmare.

I developed a fear for all kinds of taxidermy animals in the 2nd grade when we went to the Natural History museum for the first time.

It's just something about them that gives me an eery vibe. If I randomly bump into one I'll scream and run away. If I know there's one in the room I'll stare at it the whole time I'm there and I just can't relax. If someone makes me go near it I panic and start to cry and scream.

My family doesn't understand and they all think I'm just weird. I didn't know that there were other people like me who are just as scared of taxidermy animals as I am.

Dead heads!
by: Lynne

I'm a 62 year old grandmother. And I've lived with this horrible phobia since I first passed out at the age of three. And to this day I still pass out at the sight of a big game animal head or full body. NO museums, most steak houses, sporting goods stores, never even been in a pawn shop in my life. Or even most State Capital Buildings have taxidermy. I've waited in the car so many times while my husband would take our three daughters in places I couldn't go. There always has to be someone be my look out person. Although a lot of the time I can feel them before I get close. I've been laughed at all my life. I hate that most of all. I've tried hypnosis. NOPE! I even made an ass of myself on the Maury Povich show! NOPE! Now I'm going to a therapist. And to top it off. I live in Montana! My newest goal is to fly out of the Missoula Airport! It has a huge grizzly bear and several heads! Wish me luck!

Dead heads!
by: Lynne

I'm a 62 year old grandmother. And I've lived with this horrible phobia since I first passed out at the age of three. And to this day I still pass out at the sight of a big game animal head or full body. NO museums, most steak houses, sporting goods stores, never even been in a pawn shop in my life. Or even most State Capital Buildings have taxidermy. I've waited in the car so many times while my husband would take our three daughters in places I couldn't go. There always has to be some be my look out person. Although a lot of the time I can feel them before I get close. I've been laughed at all my life. I hate that most of all. I've tried hypnosis. NOPE! I even made an ass of myself on the Maury Povich show! NOPE! Now I'm going to a therapist. And to top it off. I live in Montana! My newest goal is to fly out of the Missoula Airport! Wish me luck!

Taxidermiphobia
by: Abigail MI

I honestly started crying when I found this website because I am so relieved to find out that I am not the only one who feels this way. I also realized my fear when traveling through North and South Dakota. I know they cannot hurt me but I can't handle being near them. Buffalo and moose are the absolute worse. The thought of their fur automatically gives me chills. If I have to eat in a restaurant with them, I can't sit in facing them because I don't want to make eye contact. I won't sit with my back to them because I don't want them starring at me. So I result in sitting to the side. I have nightmares about accidentally touching them or something. I feel bad going to friends' houses with them because I act so weird. Strange though that small animals, birds, and fish do effect me as much.

Taxidermy just scares the living hell out of me
by: Roy

I never really had a fear of taxidermy.. But I got sent to a foster home when I was younger and they didn't really like me and one restaurant we went to had a GIANT buffalo head mounted not too far away from our table, and they lifted me in front of that buffalo and I started to cry and squirm away but they just laughed and thought it was funny.. Ever since deer, elk, moose. Anything scares me. Except maybe small birds or fish. That and my uncles house has a cougar and lots of big elk didn't help cause my dad used to visit him a lot.

taxidermy phobia
by: Amanda

I am sooo relieved I am not the only one who has this odd phobia. I was raised overseas where I never saw or even heard of taxidermy. It began when I was 15 and me and my family moved back to the U.S. and planned to live with friends until we could settle in and find our own home. Well when I walked into their home they were EVERYWHERE! I ran out of that house so fast and never went back in. We had to stay at a local hotel lol. Its so bad even now at 31 my husband has to scope out places before I go in.

taxidermy phobia
by: Amanda

I am sooo relieved I am not the only one who has this odd phobia. I was raised overseas where I never saw or even heard of taxidermy. It began when I was 15 and me and my family moved back to the U.S. and planned to live with friends until we could settle in and find our own home. Well when I walked into their home they were EVERYWHERE! I ran out of that house so fast and never went back in. We had to stay at a local hotel lol. Its so bad even now at 31 my husband has to scope out places before I go in.

taxidermy phobia
by: Amanda

I am sooo relieved I am not the only one who has this odd phobia. I was raised overseas where I never saw or even heard of taxidermy. It began when I was 15 and me and my family moved back to the U.S. and planned to live with friends until we could settle in and find our own home. Well when I walked into their home they were EVERYWHERE! I ran out of that house so fast and never went back in. We had to stay at a local hotel lol. Its so bad even now at 31 my husband has to scope out places before I go in.

My friends think I'm nuts
by: Jackie

I'm so glad to hear others feel the same way as I do about taxidermy. Dead things in general bring out this run like hell reflex. I think the worst part for me is walking into a restaurant or lounge and not seeing anything. I feel relieved then I got to the restroom and BAM!! A boar on the wall. I feel like the earth should just swallow me whole to escape the feeling. I was very young when my brother and sister would chase me in antique stores with fox head scarves. I would hide or run out the store and sit in the car. One time I almost ran my 3 year over to get away from a huge bull on the wall at Restaurant. So happy I'm not alone. =)

Freaks ME OUT
by: Nicole

When I was 6 years old, I went on a field trip to the museum with my mother and school and ALL I can recall was being so scared of the "dead animals." Being young I found myself venturing off to the bathroom alone and losing my group. I ended up at the woolly mammoth exhibit....and they were next door to some polar bears and I FREAKED OUT. I was all alone next to theses animals and some I've never seen before...with the natural environment backgrounds and details.

It was like I could feel the animals pain and suffering, as if I could feel the life they had once lived. NOW I understand that some of the animals died naturally and some of them were donated but my mind automatically leans how feel their life was. It's like each animal is its own individual person.

I can feel a building/house and see if it has an animal before I go into it. I avoid small gas stations, steak houses, any type of sporting stores, pawn shops. even small restaurants.

Now that I'm a mother I will try my hardest to not look or freak out OR show my kids my fear. For them I try to be brave.

But inside I'm a crazy mess, wanting to cry and just leave. I've gotten better over the years but I still need to improve.

I know the animals are dead and they pose no threat, but it's just something I can't explain that just makes me want to run away. Maybe it's just a natural reaction? After all, if we are face to face with a lion or a deer we would run.

AND fish do not bug me....only larger animal like sharks or big birds....and the full bodied animals are by far way worse than the "heads"....

OK...enough, I'm going to have bad dreams and nightmares.

I'm glad I'm not alone, you should see the looks I get.... LOL!

Good
by: ..............

Hi, I'm 10 and I have had a taxidermy fear every sents I was 1.My parents say when they took my to a gun shop and I screamed.It has been bothering my form every but now I my dad has a buck(a male deer)head.Now I'm only scard of meat eating animals.I'm getting better and better about it.I have been in gun shops and restronts with stuffed animals.I use to have panic attacks a lot.

Ben afraid all my life
by: Anonymous

I can't believe others have this strange phobia! I am 67 years old and still am panicked when I see a stuffed head on the wall! The bigger they are, the scarier. I still make my friends do "head checks" before I go in a restaurant. I can feel the "vibe" at places before I go in! I have no idea when or why this phobia started, but it has been with me all my life!

husband thinks I'm ridiculous
by: Kaysi

I've been teased and bullied all of my life for fearing taxidermy. I have nightmares weekly and cannot walk into a room with taxidermy without collapsing where I stand. I feel like they're falling in on me when I'm in the same room and cannot stand to be in a house that I know there are animals in. People have tried to make me touch it or touch me with it and I have been known to just black out from anxiety overload. My case is very severe.

Ugh
by: Briella

I am so so soooo glad I'm not the only one !!
Everyone makes fun of me for being so terrified of taxidermy animals !
I've had this fear for a long as I can remember! When I was little I always went over to my aunts house and down in their basement they had a little play kitchen. They had a massive deer head hung on the wall above it. So while all my cousins played with the kitchen I sat across the room as far as possible from the deer. And that's my earliest memory of being scared of them. Then many years later I went out with one of my friends to a wildlife park. She failed to tell me that there was a whole museum of animals in the building. So she took me in and made me cover my eyes and said there was a cool suprise inside. So she lead me through with my eyes closed and not knowing that I was super scared of taxidermy, she stood me infront of probably the most massive polar bear in the world and told me to look. So I opened my eyes and literally had a panic attack. I started freaking out and cry and ran the whole way out of the building. I try soooooo hard now to face my fears but I literally can't do it! Like I don't even know how to describe the feeling I get them I see taxidermy animals but It's horrible! I often have nightmares of being in an almost dark room surrounded buy a million taxidermy animals and they are all touching me and there's no way out. Uggghhhhhh. But yea! I'm so glad other people feel my pain!!!

Ugh
by: Anonymous

I am so so soooo glad I'm not the only one !!
Everyone makes fun of me for being so terrified of taxidermy animals !
I've had this fear for a long as I can remember! When I was little I always went over to my aunts house and down in their basement they had a little play kitchen. They had a massive deer head hung on the wall above it. So while all my cousins played with the kitchen I sat across the room as far as possible from the deer. And that's my earliest memory of being scared of them. Then many years later I went out with one of my friends to a wildlife park. She failed to tell me that there was a whole museum of animals in the building. So she took me in and made me cover my eyes and said there was a cool suprise inside. So she lead me through with my eyes closed and not knowing that I was super scared of taxidermy, she stood me infront of probably the most massive polar bear in the world and told me to look. So I opened my eyes and literally had a panic attack. I started freaking out and cry and ran the whole way out of the building. I try soooooo hard now to face my fears but I literally can't do it! Like I don't even know how to describe the feeling I get them I see taxidermy animals but It's horrible! I often have nightmares of being in an almost dark room surrounded buy a million taxidermy animals and they are all touching me and there's no way out. Uggghhhhhh. But yea! I'm so glad other people feel my pain!!!

Ashamed and depressed
by: fir_4wolves (find me on Kik or Instagram with the same username)

So today my girlfriend and I went to our community college library to do some work in there for our classes since we hadn't bought a book for the classes and she sent me to check the times and I walked in when all I had to do was check the times on the door, but I went in to talk to the librarian , turned my butt around and walked right out with the most uncomfortable feeling of my heart racing and my palms sweating. Could you guess why? Yeah it's because I looked over as I waited to speak to the busy librarian and I spotted ontop of a bookcase a dead coyote, eagle, and some other things I forget now but I freaked out and panicked in my mind and practically walked out crying.. Anyways I call this story "ashamed and depressed", because I am a girl in a relationship with another girl and I like to see myself as the guy in the relationship, but how can one "be a/the man" if they are deathly afraid to an EXTREME extent if stupid old taxidermy? I feel quite bad about myself because I think that she thinks it's silly. It also isn't the first time she had seen my fear take a toll :'( I would appreciate some people like me to talk to. I'm alone on this among my friends, family, peers, & my girlfriend <\3

thank goodness
by: Anonymous

Definitely thought I was weird. I have no idea when mine came to be. I do remember my tunes house being full and it scarring me. I love to hunt and I can be around the skulls and just the heads, but full bodies make me super nervous. This was very reassuring.

thank goodness
by: Anonymous

Definitely thought I was weird. I have no idea when mine came to be. I do remember my tunes house being full and it scarring me. I love to hunt and I can be around the skulls and just the heads, but full bodies make me super nervous. This was very reassuring.

thank goodness
by: Anonymous

Definitely thought I was weird. I have no idea when mine came to be. I do remember my tunes house being full and it scarring me. I love to hunt and I can be around the skulls and just the heads, but full bodies make me super nervous. This was very reassuring.

thank goodness
by: Anonymous

Definitely thought I was weird. I have no idea when mine came to be. I do remember my tunes house being full and it scarring me. I love to hunt and I can be around the skulls and just the heads, but full bodies make me super nervous. This was very reassuring.

Wow
by: A

Me too! Ever sense i can remember! I am not terribly scared of birds and fish don't bother me at all. But deer and ELK (oh god elk) they just TERRIFY me. I do get panic attacks but I am still young. My family gets very upset with me and thinks that I am a attention seeker but I just cant face them. The furrier they are the worse and african animals scare the hell out of me. I am really just curious as to why they scare me so much. And so many people. Its weird! Good to know there are others out there.

Thank goodness I'm not alone
by: Anonymous

I can't even remember the first time I saw one but my mum said I just sat and screamed in a cafe with a deers head in! I must have been about three. I used to love going to this old fashioned museum and especially loved the cafe but last year I went up the stairs saw a massive moose head and ran away screaming! I even had a panic attack in school when I saw a dead duck in art. Everyone I know thinks my fear is strange and I am determined to cure it, any thoughts?

I am pleased to hear your voices
by: non beheaded

I started knowing I had this fear in my 20's. I too "know" before I enter a place that "they" will be there. I no longer send others in as I try to face my fears. But like many of you museums are a nightmare for me. I sat outside while my family went through the Natural History Museum in D.C. Going to unknown places to eat can be another problem. Sporting goods stores, forget it. I have gotten better over the years. I do try to force myself to go places where they may be. But I must do so on my terms. Funny thing is the house I live in. The one we bought over 15 years ago. I knew before I walked in the door that there were some inside. And yes there were. A deer head, a rams head and some birds (birds don't bother me though) But still we bought the house. And please tell me how other people can just NOT see them. This is something I will never understand. So here I am. A woman approaching a rather certain age and I still carry this phobia with me. I no longer let them lead me to panic attacks. I will not let this rule my life, too much. But is nice to know that I am not alone in my crazy. Perhaps it is the rest of world that is crazy and we are the normal folks that don't like to see dead animals hanging off the walls.??

Terrified
by: Danielle

I'm so happy I can hear from other people that have the same problem. Ever since I was little I walked into a bank with a HUGE deer head when I was 3 years old I started to cry. Ever since then I have been freaked out. It's hard to go into museums... or for people to understand you :(

Dead birds
by: Anonymous

So pleased to find I am not alone in being scared of taxidermy I am also really scared of dead birds as well

Taxidermy
by: Scared

I feel the same as all of you I just cant go into museums with taxidermys I get freaked out.I cant even go into some steak houses or lodges I have had this phobia since I was really little. I was in a bank and I saw a huge deer head I was crying soooo much this was when I was 5 years old.

Among Friends
by: Anonymous

I hate taxidermy, but was an animal science major in college. Its hard to understand how you can love animals so much, yet be afraid of the dead version of them. Glad there are so many of you out there!

me too......
by: Dee

I am sooo releived to see others have the same phobia of taxidermy that I have....I thought I was a nut case all these years. It started when I was small. I also will have panic attacks, ...I just cannot be around it. I love animals, just not stuffed ones!! It's nice to know I am not alone in this phobia! I wish I could find out why I am so terrified of it...

Finally!
by: Sally (UK)

Ditto! Been afraid of it since I was 9.

Museums are a nightmare. And the most recent episode of Doctor Who was very difficult to watch as it was set in the British Museum and a stuffed polar bear had a fair few cameos. This phobia is such a nasty one. Nice to know I'm not alone.

Taxidermy group
by: Denise

You are not alone. I have been afraid of Taxidermy since I was 5 years old.

We have a group on Facebook for people afraid of Taxidermy. We have self named the fear Taxidermiphobia.

i guess im not alone
by: Liz Val

finalyl, i thought i was going crazy that i was afraid of those...things. i finally relized i was afraid of them when i was around maybe 10, my mom cleans office and house, and this office had a boar on top of a door way! and i had to find a way to always go around. or look down when i couldnt. after that i would try to avoid pawn shops area where they had all that, and now today monday.sept.7.09 i went to go help my mom to go clean this house that this guy killed the animals for sport, and ive been at the house, like outside it. because the 1st time i was at it, and i saw that animal in the entrance, i left and i apologized to my mother. and THIS time she said she need help to clean and she didnt tell me it was going to be THAT house, so by the time we got there i relized it was it, i stay in the garage i only saw those head bones of them on a corner table and i saw, i dont kno if they were long horns for tuck, along with a big cardboard box that had somthing inside it and i knew WHAT is had but not exactly, so i tried many time to go up stairs into the main house but i couldnt i would slowly have panic attacks and well, my mom doesnt understand, so she basically yelled at me and screamed and threw me her car keys and told me to get out of her site and go home..

so yea i pretty much feel/felt like crap
and as u can tell im at home..feeling guilty trying to "google" what kinda of phobia is this and how i can get over it.

I thought I was alone
by: Jolene

I have been terrified of those damn things since I was little. My mom realized I was afraid of them when I was two. I would really like to get over this fear, but I haven't been successful. I have gotten better at knowing or asking if people have them but still I feel silly and am glad I am not alone in this. I will say that my reaction to it now that I am in my 30's is far better than when I was little.

I feel the same!
by: Anonymous

I am 15 years old and i realized i had fear of taxidermy while i was on a trip with my family to north and south dakota when i was 8. almost every biulding there has taxidermy. i had never really been around that much taxidermy but i realized reacently that it has always bothered me. when i would go through a doorway that i knew had taxidermy on the other side i would look down and walk fast, and always look up at it after i was through. when i was in the dakotas i never went close and always looked up while walking through doorways, checking, then i would scan the room, if there was some i would get as far away as possible. i know that they can not hurt me but i still do it. my parents keep telling me to stop being ridiclous, but i can't control the way i feel, it is nice to know that i am not the only one feeling this way.

I feel the same way!
by: Cheryl (N.Y)

The feeling is of dread when I see a taxidermy animal. I have felt this way since I can remember. I have had to leave a store or restaurant if they have one. I feel ashamed that I act this way, since I cannot seem to make others truly understand how being even near one makes me feel. I just know that I want to get as far away from it as possible. I am a rational person, and I realize that taxidermy animals pose no real threat to me. I realize that this is psychological, but where it comes from.....I just don't know. I am tired of feeling this way, and wish to overcome this. Does this have a name?? I hope that anyone out there that feels this way doesn't feel alone. I looked around online, and it seems that there are many people that have the same feeling toward taxidermy. Thanks, Cheryl

Same here
by: Anonymous

I have to avoid certain places that I know will have taxidermy. If I see taxidermy, I will have a panic attack. It is horrible.

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