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Thank God!
by: Lou

I swear I thought I was alone! I don't know what it is but I think it began was I was elementary school. I was at a museum filled with taxidermy animals, I found them facinating at the time. One of my friends covered my eyes and guided me to what seemed a hallway and into a room. She them uncovered my eyes and before me stood huge taxidermy figures of a family of seals. I was completely horrified and ever since then I just can't stand taxidermy animals. I'd prefer seeing am actual live bear in front of me rather than a taxidermy figure of it.

My family thinks it's funny
by: Anonymous

My fear of taxidermy started at 4 We went to my uncle's who had to bear rugs in the living room which was just by the door. I was fine at first cause I couldn't see the whole rug cause I wasnt looking closely. I tripped and saw the first one still had the head attatched to it. It's head was right next to mine so I saw its teeth clear as day and it had no eyes. When I fell I had tripped my cousin who hit the rug that was standing up. That one also had the head attatched to it. It fell on me. I screamed and was scared to move. My uncle helped me up and I ran back outside. I could hear my family laughing at me. There was another time at 11 my dadtold me we were going into a shoe store to look for boots for me. I had never been in this store before. It was Gander Mountain. I walked literally stopped breathing and almost fainted. They had to take me out with a breathing mask, and after all that my dad still forced me to go back in. This fear has ruined my life so far. I can't go into musems. Restarants friends and family members houses, and in extreme cases waterparks, zoos, anything wood like or western... My family laughs at me for this fear...

Taxidermy freaks me out
by: Anonymous

I dont know anyone else that has this phobia so I'm really glad i found this website! I'm so afraid of taxidermy and I'm a vegetarian but i cant be in the same room as taxidermy. A few halloweens ago i was walking through a haunted house and all of a sudden i ran right into a deer head with my face because it was pitch black. I started crying and left. I also had an experience where I walked into a resturant and we were going to sit down and our table was right at eye level with a moose head. I left the resturant and refused to come back in until we got our table switched. I'm only 15 but i really wish that I could get over my fear :/. It's really helpful though to know that there are people out there that are also dealing with this fear.

My whole life has revolved around this.
by: Anonymous

Ever since I was a tiny kid, like, before I turned 1, I have been TERRIFIED of any kind of taxidermy. I don't mind antlers or bones, but with the skin... I flinch at the thought. I am now almost 15, and I can handle the plastic deer head at Wal-mart, and the 3 animal heads at my favorite music venue. That is all though, I make my family so mad and embarrassed, because I still refuse to go to steakhouses (Unless they are head-free! I make them check, and I will not go in unless they do.) I've seen shrinks after shrinks, and nothing has helped this fear. I think about it /all the time/. Im happy I'm not alone! I have nightmares, and everytime I'm in the dark, I imagine animal head shadows. It's awful :(

Not a freak
by: Anonymous

I sit here at my computer with tears in my eyes now knowing I'm not alone. I'm 43yrs old and until last week thought I was the only person with this fear. I've always thought I was a freak. My fear has controlled my life. I turn down invitations to places I don't know or can't scope out ahead of time. I don't go into strangers homes if invited by a friend for an eve out. My career selection was based on my fear avoidance. I don't volunteer for school trips. I'm ridiculous. My fear started when I was 10yrs old from a stupid prank. My family was visiting friends on a farm and as a joke their son hid a dead bulls severed head in my bed. Yup that'll do it. I'm totally irrational when my spidey sense kicks in and I know there's one near. If I happen upon one unexpectedly I panic to get away, I even once knocked a woman over holding a child. I have no recollection of this, I can completely black out. The bigger the animal (moose and buffalo are the worst) the bigger the panic. Not to mention the sweats the racing heart, the body tremors.
When people say "can't you just close your eyes and not look at it "I think "oh gosh geeze why didn't I think of that???!!" They just don't get the gripping terror.
Then I met someone recently with the same fear. A client I was working with. I thought she was there as a joke, I almost demanded she leave!! When I realized it wasn't a joke, she really did share this fear, I WASNT ALONE, I broke down, completely broke down. I'm not a freak, it was a life altering hour I spent with her. I had never even looked online for others because I believed so deeply that no one else would be like this. I don't know why it makes a difference....it just does! It helps, thanks for sharing your stories.

Not a freak
by: Anonymous

I sit here at my computer with tears in my eyes now knowing I'm not alone. I'm 43yrs old and until last week thought I was the only person with this fear. I've always thought I was a freak. My fear has controlled my life. I turn down invitations to places I don't know or can't scope out ahead of time. I don't go into strangers homes if invited by a friend for an eve out. My career selection was based on my fear avoidance. I don't volunteer for school trips. I'm ridiculous. My fear started when I was 10yrs old from a stupid prank. My family was visiting friends on a farm and as a joke their son hid a dead bulls severed head in my bed. Yup that'll do it. I'm totally irrational when my spidey sense kicks in and I know there's one near. If I happen upon one unexpectedly I panic to get away, I even once knocked a woman over holding a child. I have no recollection of this, I can completely black out. The bigger the animal (moose and buffalo are the worst) the bigger the panic. Not to mention the sweats the racing heart, the body tremors.
When people say "can't you just close your eyes and not look at it "I think "oh gosh geeze why didn't I think of that???!!" They just don't get the gripping terror.
Then I met someone recently with the same fear. A client I was working with. I thought she was there as a joke, I almost demanded she leave!! When I realized it wasn't a joke, she really did share this fear, I WASNT ALONE, I broke down, completely broke down. I'm not a freak, it was a life altering hour I spent with her. I had never even looked online for others because I believed so deeply that no one else would be like this. I don't know why it makes a difference....it just does! It helps, thanks for sharing your stories.

Not a freak
by: Anonymous

I sit here at my computer with tears in my eyes now knowing I'm not alone. I'm 43yrs old and until last week thought I was the only person with this fear. I've always thought I was a freak. My fear has controlled my life. I turn down invitations to places I don't know or can't scope out ahead of time. I don't go into strangers homes if invited by a friend for an eve out. My career selection was based on my fear avoidance. I don't volunteer for school trips. I'm ridiculous. My fear started when I was 10yrs old from a stupid prank. My family was visiting friends on a farm and as a joke their son hid a dead bulls severed head in my bed. Yup that'll do it. I'm totally irrational when my spidey sense kicks in and I know there's one near. If I happen upon one unexpectedly I panic to get away, I even once knocked a woman over holding a child. I have no recollection of this, I can completely black out. The bigger the animal (moose and buffalo are the worst) the bigger the panic. Not to mention the sweats the racing heart, the body tremors.
When people say "can't you just close your eyes and not look at it "I think "oh gosh geeze why didn't I think of that???!!" They just don't get the gripping terror.
Then I met someone recently with the same fear. A client I was working with. I thought she was there as a joke, I almost demanded she leave!! When I realized it wasn't a joke, she really did share this fear, I WASNT ALONE, I broke down, completely broke down. I'm not a freak, it was a life altering hour I spent with her. I had never even looked online for others because I believed so deeply that no one else would be like this. I don't know why it makes a difference....it just does! It helps, thanks for sharing your stories.

Not a freak
by: Anonymous

I sit here at my computer with tears in my eyes now knowing I'm not alone. I'm 43yrs old and until last week thought I was the only person with this fear. I've always thought I was a freak. My fear has controlled my life. I turn down invitations to places I don't know or can't scope out ahead of time. I don't go into strangers homes if invited by a friend for an eve out. My career selection was based on my fear avoidance. I don't volunteer for school trips. I'm ridiculous. My fear started when I was 10yrs old from a stupid prank. My family was visiting friends on a farm and as a joke their son hid a dead bulls severed head in my bed. Yup that'll do it. I'm totally irrational when my spidey sense kicks in and I know there's one near. If I happen upon one unexpectedly I panic to get away, I even once knocked a woman over holding a child. I have no recollection of this, I can completely black out. The bigger the animal (moose and buffalo are the worst) the bigger the panic. Not to mention the sweats the racing heart, the body tremors.
When people say "can't you just close your eyes and not look at it "I think "oh gosh geeze why didn't I think of that???!!" They just don't get the gripping terror.
Then I met someone recently with the same fear. A client I was working with. I thought she was there as a joke, I almost demanded she leave!! When I realized it wasn't a joke, she really did share this fear, I WASNT ALONE, I broke down, completely broke down. I'm not a freak, it was a life altering hour I spent with her. I had never even looked online for others because I believed so deeply that no one else would be like this. I don't know why it makes a difference....it just does! It helps, thanks for sharing your stories.

PENGUIN YOGURT!!
by: Ani D.

I, like most on this page, am beyond thrilled to find out that I am not the only person with a crippling fear of taxidermy. I remember always being scared of them, but it was around 6 or 7 that my fear turned into sheer terror, I don't know why, but it got so intense that I would go into a total meltdown in the presence of taxidermy. I am beyond lucky to have a couple of sisters who totally believe me, and don't think I'm silly. My parents were borderline cruel about it, as have past boyfriends been. My husband doesn't pretend to understand it, but he does his best to be sensitive to my anxieties. Considering the fact that I am 22 years old, my mom thinks I am choosing to not just get over it. That is not the case. I've had a near death experience(drove into a wall at 75 mph) and it still didn't compare to the fear I feel over taxidermy.
When I was in my early teens my parents decided to get me over my fear with exposure therapy....It was wildly unsuccessful. Therapists have come up with silly reasons for my phobia, and have tried to treat those, but I don't feel like they've gotten anywhere close.
My mom used to joke that I was psychic because of this sixth sense that everyone is talking about, ever since I was little. It's so crazy to hear others mention it!! I thought I was a weirdo! Not to say I'm not a weirdo, I'm just not alone. :D
I'm curious if anyone has found any sort of therapy that has been helpful/successful? I am from Texas(you can imagine how that went!) I live in Missouri, which is terrifying, and am potentially moving to Alaska...my one hesitation with that is that Alaska has gratuitous amounts of moose taxidermy. <3

My opinion
by: LETSGOTRIBE!

I'm more scared of the famous animal taxidermy than any other. Mostly because of the close up shots. This includes
-Knut
-Zarafa
-Price of freedom animals
-Comanche
-Phar Lap
-Hachiko
-Owney
-Togo
-Chi Chi
-Bobo the gorilla
-This Blown up cow head
-Mick the Miller
-Humberta the Hippo
-Napoleon's camel
-Old Baldy
-Another horse with "Old"
-Little (Old) Sorrel
-The Flying Lion
-Able the Monkey
-Strelka
-Will be scared of Til and Lolong
Some places not to go to are
-Any museums with natural history or institution
-Steakhouses
-Great Wolfe Lodge
-Cabelas/Bass pro shops/Gander Mountain
I advise you do some research on these animals to know where they are.

relief
by: corky tate

Ok I thought I was the only one who had this fear. Being a small boy I was in a Sheplers western wear store in Wichita. They were painting the walls and I was of course running loose and not behaving. Many heads had been taken down due to the painting and not paying attention I rounded a corner and began life of fear. My mom says she heard me scream and came to find me sitting on the floor crying surrounded by moose and elk heads. Guess im lucky I didnt impale myself as they wear all looking skyward with antlers exposed. I also have the sixth sense and am the only one in the family who even notices heads on the wall. My fear is being under one if it were to fall. I wont walk under one or sit near one for this reason. I appreciate the art and find it fascinating but have twice in 45 years left a place quickly because I couldn't handle it. Why are heads always displayed above doors? Is this some rule? I hate that!! Just happy to know I have company:)

horrifying
by: kitty cat

So, this fear started when I was about 3. I was locked in a room with a deer head and it has freaked me out all of my life. I am 15 and to be honest, I can't go anywhere. This phobia has gotten in my way all of my life. It stops me from going to parties, dinner, etc. I can't even go to the mall with friends because Cabella's is in there! No one understands and I constantly get teased. Today I went shopping ffor my prom dress at a vintage store and guess what I walked into! A deer head, pheasant, and full sized bear. So now I won't have the dress I wanted. UGH. I get called "taxidermy girl" But I'm so glad I found this site. I now know I'm not a total freak! Please let me know if you have a cure! :*

Not Alone :D
by: Anonymous

I always thought i was the ONLY one with this phobia but thank god i found this website. So im not exactly sure when it started but i do remember when i was young i use to LOVE going to a bass pro shop with my dad and crap. But now i cant even go into a store with any taxidermy in it. I'd rather break a bone then stare eye to eye to a animal head. I really have no idea why i have this phobia. I really love animals.

My People!
by: Anonymous

Im glad im not the only one with this fear, well i used to have this fear. I first found out I had this fear when i went to my friends house. I have never seen a "head" before, and i didnt know she had one in her house. When i first saw it i was fine i looked at it for a long time. But then i started freaking out i ran upstairs crying! I would not go back downstairs no matter what anyone said! I was about 7,8? That was my first scary encounter. My second encounter was up north. It was a really a beautiful lake house we went to! I was scared there was gonna be a head. I looked and i didnt see one I was thankful. But then my nightmare had turnned real. There was a deerhead!!!! I was crying and screaming!!! In sixth grade we had to go to a camp and i was so scared because I knew there was heads there. My mom was going with me but i was still scared. When i got to the camp it was a cabin oh no scared! When i saw the moose head… I was fine? Why? How? I think i wasnt scared because there was so many people there. But i surrvived i think im still scared. Who knows? I guess I'll find out soon.… til then.


My People!
by: Anonymous

Im glad im not the only one with this fear, well i used to have this fear. I first found out I had this fear when i went to my friends house. I have never seen a "head" before, and i didnt know she had one in her house. When i first saw it i was fine i looked at it for a long time. But then i started freaking out i ran upstairs crying! I would not go back downstairs no matter what anyone said! I was about 7,8? That was my first scary encounter. My second encounter was up north. It was a really a beautiful lake house we went to! I was scared there was gonna be a head. I looked and i didnt see one I was thankful. But then my nightmare had turnned real. There was a deerhead!!!! I was crying and screaming!!! In sixth grade we had to go to a camp and i was so scared because I knew there was heads there. My mom was going with me but i was still scared. When i got to the camp it was a cabin oh no scared! When i saw the moose head… I was fine? Why? How? I think i wasnt scared because there was so many people there. But i surrvived i think im still scared. Who knows? I guess I'll find out soon.… til then.


My People!
by: Anonymous

Im glad im not the only one with this fear, well i used to have this fear. I first found out I had this fear when i went to my friends house. I have never seen a "head" before, and i didnt know she had one in her house. When i first saw it i was fine i looked at it for a long time. But then i started freaking out i ran upstairs crying! I would not go back downstairs no matter what anyone said! I was about 7,8? That was my first scary encounter. My second encounter was up north. It was a really a beautiful lake house we went to! I was scared there was gonna be a head. I looked and i didnt see one I was thankful. But then my nightmare had turnned real. There was a deerhead!!!! I was crying and screaming!!! In sixth grade we had to go to a camp and i was so scared because I knew there was heads there. My mom was going with me but i was still scared. When i got to the camp it was a cabin oh no scared! When i saw the moose head… I was fine? Why? How? I think i wasnt scared because there was so many people there. But i surrvived i think im still scared. Who knows? I guess I'll find out soon.… til then.


My People!
by: Anonymous

Im glad im not the only one with this fear, well i used to have this fear. I first found out I had this fear when i went to my friends house. I have never seen a "head" before, and i didnt know she had one in her house. When i first saw it i was fine i looked at it for a long time. But then i started freaking out i ran upstairs crying! I would not go back downstairs no matter what anyone said! I was about 7,8? That was my first scary encounter. My second encounter was up north. It was a really a beautiful lake house we went to! I was scared there was gonna be a head. I looked and i didnt see one I was thankful. But then my nightmare had turnned real. There was a deerhead!!!! I was crying and screaming!!! In sixth grade we had to go to a camp and i was so scared because I knew there was heads there. My mom was going with me but i was still scared. When i got to the camp it was a cabin oh no scared! When i saw the moose head… I was fine? Why? How? I think i wasnt scared because there was so many people there. But i surrvived i think im still scared. Who knows? I guess I'll find out soon.… til then.


My People!
by: Anonymous

Im glad im not the only one with this fear, well i used to have this fear. I first found out I had this fear when i went to my friends house. I have never seen a "head" before, and i didnt know she had one in her house. When i first saw it i was fine i looked at it for a long time. But then i started freaking out i ran upstairs crying! I would not go back downstairs no matter what anyone said! I was about 7,8? That was my first scary encounter. My second encounter was up north. It was a really a beautiful lake house we went to! I was scared there was gonna be a head. I looked and i didnt see one I was thankful. But then my nightmare had turnned real. There was a deerhead!!!! I was crying and screaming!!! In sixth grade we had to go to a camp and i was so scared because I knew there was heads there. My mom was going with me but i was still scared. When i got to the camp it was a cabin oh no scared! When i saw the moose head… I was fine? Why? How? I think i wasnt scared because there was so many people there. But i surrvived i think im still scared. Who knows? I guess I'll find out soon.… til then.


Me, Too!!!!
by: Anonymous

Strangely, I wasn't really afraid of taxidermy when I was a small child, but the fear began sometime in my early teens; I don't know why. Ever since, it's increased more and more, and now it is practically debilitating. I used to live in the Midwest, and once in awhile, I'd see taxidermy in places, but now that I live in a western state, it's everywhere. My poor husband has to scope out places first, and there are many places that I simply cannot go into; I'm 51 and feel so ridiculous and would like to know why I have this phobia.

Me, Too!!!!
by: Anonymous

Strangely, I wasn't really afraid of taxidermy when I was a small child, but the fear began sometime in my early teens; I don't know why. Ever since, it's increased more and more, and now it is practically debilitating. I used to live in the Midwest, and once in awhile, I'd see taxidermy in places, but now that I live in a western state, it's everywhere. My poor husband has to scope out places first, and there are many places that I simply cannot go into; I'm 51 and feel so ridiculous and would like to know why I have this phobia.

Me, Too!!!!
by: Anonymous

Strangely, I wasn't really afraid of taxidermy when I was a small child, but the fear began sometime in my early teens; I don't know why. Ever since, it's increased more and more, and now it is practically debilitating. I used to live in the Midwest, and once in awhile, I'd see taxidermy in places, but now that I live in a western state, it's everywhere. My poor husband has to scope out places first, and there are many places that I simply cannot go into; I'm 51 and feel so ridiculous and would like to know why I have this phobia.

Me, Too!!!!
by: Anonymous

Strangely, I wasn't really afraid of taxidermy when I was a small child, but the fear began sometime in my early teens; I don't know why. Ever since, it's increased more and more, and now it is practically debilitating. I used to live in the Midwest, and once in awhile, I'd see taxidermy in places, but now that I live in a western state, it's everywhere. My poor husband has to scope out places first, and there are many places that I simply cannot go into; I'm 51 and feel so ridiculous and would like to know why I have this phobia.

Yay for not being alone
by: Maddie

I've had a phobia of taxidermy since I was 3, I'm 15 now. It started with a buffalo head, and now it's just any kind of animal. I hate to say it, but this phobia has honestly ruined a lot of things in my life. I live in Texas first of all so I basically can't leave my house without a deer head starring contest. I just hate that I can't go a lot of places without causing a sene. Crying, freaking out, all of the above. A lot of my friends are really supportive but then again I can tell that they don't really understand, because 1) it's just a head on the wall and 2) I haven't really even figured it out either. And I really hope I'm not alone on that. I think I've kinda figured out that it's the anxiety of thinking that there's gonna be one in the next room above you or around the corner, and then when you see it it just scares the living hell out of you. A lot of people tell me to like, give me sympathy or whatever, "Oh yeah they're creepy I understand." No man, you don't. It's not that they're creepy, (even though they are) it's the fact that they literally scare me. Like it's like a chill down your spine goose bump crying and screaming type of scare me. And may I have to spell it all out in two words, it sucks. My family tries to be supportive and understand, but for a long time they didn't understand at all, really until they found a website like this with everyone saying "THANK GOD IM NOT ALONE." And to say in the very least, they kinda felt like crap for a little while for treating my "phobia" as something smaller than it really is. It's a very real thing and I'm scared that it's not gonna go away. I'm reading through these and some of them are people that are like 60 years old and got it when they are very young like me. Well I've had it for 12 years now and I'm kinda ready to throw it out the window into the past, because it's just not fun. I'm scared for me, and I'm scared for everyone else that has written something like this on this website. I just hope someone finds something that will work, because I've tried everything from imagining the heads with underwear on, to talking to my doctor and a counselor. Anyways, to dumb all this down, I'm just really happy I'm not alone. And if you took the time to read this, thank you for reading my little life story.

Maddie
by: Anonymous

I've had a phobia of taxidermy since I was 3, I'm 15 now. It started with a buffalo head, and now it's just any kind of animal. I hate to say it, but this phobia has honestly ruined a lot of things in my life. I live in Texas first of all so I basically can't leave my house without a deer head starring contest. I just hate that I can't go a lot of places without causing a sene. Crying, freaking out, all of the above. A lot of my friends are really supportive but then again I can tell that they don't really understand, because 1) it's just a head on the wall and 2) I haven't really even figured it out either. And I really hope I'm not alone on that. I think I've kinda figured out that it's the anxiety of thinking that there's gonna be one in the next room above you or around the corner, and then when you see it it just scares the living hell out of you. A lot of people tell me to like, give me sympathy or whatever, "Oh yeah they're creepy I understand." No man, you don't. It's not that they're creepy, (even though they are) it's the fact that they literally scare me. Like it's like a chill down your spine goose bump crying and screaming type of scare me. And may I have to spell it all out in two words, it sucks. My family tries to be supportive and understand, but for a long time they didn't understand at all, really until they found a website like this with everyone saying "THANK GOD IM NOT ALONE." And to say in the very least, they kinda felt like crap for a little while for treating my "phobia" as something smaller than it really is. It's a very real thing and I'm scared that it's not gonna go away. I'm reading through these and some of them are people that are like 60 years old and got it when they are very young like me. Well I've had it for 12 years now and I'm kinda ready to throw it out the window into the past, because it's just not fun. I'm scared for me, and I'm scared for everyone else that has written something like this on this website. I just hope someone finds something that will work, because I've tried everything from imagining the heads with underwear on, to talking to my doctor and a counselor. Anyways, to dumb all this down, I'm just really happy I'm not alone. And if you took the time to read this, thank you for reading my little life story.

Horrible phobia
by: Selena

Hi, my name is Selena and I'm 14 years old. I've been afraid of taxidermy for as long as I remember. As most of y'all put on here, I hate embarrassing whoever I'm with simply because I feel like a fool crying whenever I see one. I'm so glad I'm not alone! I thought I was crazy, because Im afraid of "heads." My family makes fun of me because of this horrible phobia. I hate going through this! There was a time I had a school field trip to the museum and I started crying when I saw the big mammoth. Everyone started laughing at me; I felt like a huge humiliation. I live in Texas so mostly all the restaurants have taxidermy... I hate it! People stare at me, because I freak out and can't breath when I see one. I used to live in Louisiana, it's where I'm from and over there they don't have much taxidermy. Texas, on the otherhand, does. My family like to go camping and of course I go just to not make touble but as soon as I see one my whole body starts to shake and i get sweaty and just cant breath! This phobia is a life changing exspirence for me. I wish I can just overcome it. I'd like to thank everyone for sharing! I thought I was a lone. I'm very glad to know that I'm not! I wish everyone with this terrifying phobia good luck and which all of you the best! -Selena xoxo

Thank god
by: Anonymous

I really thought i was the only one with this weird phobia. I dont really know how this phobia started. My dad tells me that when i was younger he use to bring me to a bass pro shop or a place with some animal heads and he would like pick me up and put me on the head and i pretended i was riding it. But im 12 now and i think this all started at age 7? Im not really sure. Whenever i go into a restaurant that i think has heads i make my brother or mom or dad go in and do a "Head check". I was recently at orlando and my family wanted to go to this roadhouse,steakhouse and i just denied denied denied. And a few years back we wanted to go to animal kingdom in disney but i cried cause i was freaking scared to go there. but this time i went to disney i accepted to go to animal kingdom. But most restaurants/gift shops/rides i didnt go on.
I think im getting less scared by heads. just like - 1%
I really wish they found out a reason for this phobia or a pill i dont know :P

Thank God Im not a complete crazy person!!
by: LilWhit

I am 25 y/o and have had this fear for as long as I can remember. My family and friends make fun of me and call me crazy, so I'm glad to know I'm not the only one. My parents took me into a souvenir shop during a vacation when I was about 3 y/o and I just remember seeing them everywhere. Ever since then, I have been absolutely terrified. It seems like the older I get, the worse it gets. I used to be able to go into stores and restaurants as long as I didn't look directly at them, but now I can't even be in the same area without having a full in panic attack. My cousin has a mounted head in her house which I've heard looks cool, as it has sunglasses and a beer can on the side...but I can't even make myself look at it to see. This fear is really effecting my life. I hate not being able to go into certain places because of my phobia...or feeling overwhelmed if I'm even 75ft away from them at Walmart. I live in Texas and these things are a big thing here. I want to get over my fear. I feel dumb to have even let it get this far in controlling my life, but I don't have the first clue of how to get over it. Any suggestions? Going up to one or touching one seems impractical at this point, but if I have to just to let it go, maybe I'll try it as my last resort.

Same Exact Feeling!
by: Mary

I'm so glad that I'm not the only one who is totally scared of taxidermy. I'm 20 and have been scared of it since I was 9. I still remember the first time I saw it, I ran away so fast.. This fear has really effected my life because there are so many places I can't go and I always feel so dumb. No one truly understands how scary it is to us. I tried going in Bass Pro Shop the other day in Orlando and I couldn't even walk in the front door because there is a huge display of it, so I had to wait outside for the rest of my family. It always sets me into a panic attack and I hate it. Elk,Moose and Buffalo are the absolute worst! I wish we could find a reason why we have this fear and how to cure it!

This thing is ruining my life!
by: Anonymous

Reading these other comments makes me feel really good to hear that I'm not alone, but sadly, it's not curing anything. My first encounter with this irrational fear was on my third grade field trip to the Harvard Museum of Natural History. As we walked up the stairs, I remember I was feeling a little queasy, but I just pushed it away as it wasn't a big deal. Then we walked into the main room and we were completely and I mean COMPLETELY surrounded by all kinds of taxidermy. All lined up on the sides in glass cases were different kinds of animals, and no of course they wouldn't have friendly smiles on their faces, they were all either grimacing creepily or growling like they were about to attack. I didn't know of thee fear yet at that time so I just walked on in until I realized that I was crying. I told my group chaperone that I wanted to leave and she was some what understanding and walked me out of the room. I could still see in there from outside where she brought me but at least I felt safe. I didn't even realize that I clutched onto her the whole time we walked out. I then completed the required packet from OUTSIDE of the museum displays along with a few other stragglers who claimed they were afraid too. I was happy that I wasn't alone, but I soon after realized that they just had a normal third-grader-scared-of-lots-of-things kind of fear, but me, it seemed deathly. After this encounter I put this fear aside until it started continuously popping back up again in my life! My poor parents get frustrated with me every time we encounter taxidermy because they don't understand it. I feel bad that we can't go into so many restaurants and places because of my fear. I encountered a taxidermy problem this morning, yet again. I went to an open house with my family and the minute I stepped into the house, I could tell something was funky. I kept an eye out for taxidermy because I had that feeling in my gut like I knew it was coming. After viewing the whole downstairs, we proceeded to the basement. A very nice basement with a pool table and a giant projector screen. My mom then walked into a little door that was labeled "storage". When my mom went in she laughed and said, "Haha hey come in here, come see what they have." I already knew what was in there. Thanks mom. I DID NOT go into the room, but instead just stood frozen and said "mom come get me" because I din't want to walk back to the steps alone in fear that I might catch a glimpse of the moose head. I walked up the stairs still in shock, feeling that uneasy feeling I get after encountering taxidermy. Anyways, I then thought "Ok we found the taxidermy at least now i know I'm safe for the rest of the house. Little did I know that only ten minutes later I would encounter a little stuffed jackalope sitting on the dresser upstairs. I stood on the steps refusing to move as my parents called me a wimp. Thanks for reading my story! Glad to know I'm not the only one with this bizarre phobia!

I'm so glad to have found this site!
by: Kimberly :)

Oh my god, I'm glad I'm not the only one! I thought I was before and my family doesn't even understand what I go through :( When I found this site it filled me with lots of joy! Any-who, about my phobia, I'm scared of ALL kinds of Taxidermy, you name it, I'm scared of it. I'm a little used to deer heads on account that I go to Wal-Mart almost every month, but I'm still not over it and I don't have my hopes set on getting over it either. I don't know when this started, nor why, but I remember being around 5 and petting a deer head, then it all started going bad from finding them in different restaurants, stores, Dollywood and different peoples houses. My worst nightmares have come true, since I live in the South, it's most common and it's really hard for me to cope. But I hope that I can move somewhere it's less common and I don't have such a burden on my life. I love reading y'all's stories, because they make me feel safe and secure and more like I fit in. Thank you for sharing your stories! My worst experience was when I was about 13 and my family and I went to this BBQ restaurant and they had a deer head. The workers and managers of the place tried to help me cope with the deer head, but I couldn't and ended up having to eat out in the waiting area. I hated it -_- I hope to find a coping mechanism in some way that I can go places and not have to fear them. I've been to the Biltmore House before and I do not recommend anybody who has this phobia to go there, I'm not even kidding, they have at least 15-20 "heads" in there. I wish my family understood what I went through. :( Anyway, I loved reading everyone's stories and I hope everyone enjoys reading mine! Thanks, bye. :*

i cant forget it
by: Anonymous

I used to think I was the only one but now I know I'm not. THANK GOD! It really bugs me to have this fear. because I'm always so paranoid that theres going to be taxidermy right around the corner. boy its really hard to go anywhere with this fear. I think I've embaresed my self infrint of everyone I know. I remenber this moment like it was yesterday. It was a sunny after noon and I was on vacation with my family in goergia. so we decided to go to a museum. we went up the elevator and turned around the conor. boom!!!!!! a big taxidermy wooly mammoth right there. and that memory still haunts me.





Me too !
by: Anonymous

I am a 23 year old living in Los Angeles. I have an intense taxidermy phobia and cannot recollect how or where it began. I am afraid to go inside any antique stores and when I travel outside of LA, afraid to enter certain restaurants, lodges etc. I used to be afraid of antlers / horns / skins etc but now have gotten better about that. I am afraid of any life sized animal object, even if it is a plastic mounted head. I don't like large animal statues either. When I finally brought this up to my therapist (I hadn't earlier because I didn't think it was relevant to anything) he was not that shocked and said that it is a relatively normal fear... Animals are supposed to be intimidating, and scary to humans (and other animals). This made me feel slightly better but I still feel debilitated by my phobia, thankfully living in California I don't come across too many spots with taxidermy.

Glad to not be alone with this !

Wow! Im not ALONE! :D Haha
by: Deidra

Ok so im trying to remember when my taxidermy phobia began. I was a girl scout and my mother and i went on a weekend camping trip. We left when the sun was setting and we were going up a huge hill with a curvy, steep road. As we were making the last curve, i had my head out the window, trying to look down the steep hill and when i opened my eyes, i seen three HUGE deer/elk in front of my face passing by. OMG! I freaked out so bad, i pulled my head back in the car and my heart was racing! After that happened, i have been so scared of deer heads and any other stuffed animal.. I remember we were in Flagstaff AZ and we stopped to eat at a cabin like restaurant, they had a huge wall full of all kind of taxidermy. I sat in the opposite direction so i could avoid them as much as possible. Next thing i know, im feeling sick and ready to vomit, my mom had to rush me to the restroom. This phobia is very hard to live with, i try to face my fear and attempt to go into buildings with few taxidermy, but i cant go really close to them, I CANNOT touch them. Im not sure why i have this phobia, or if it will go away. I dont understand why other people can stand these 'once living beings' being stuffed and placed on a wall. its so disturbing!! Im so glad i dont have nightmares about them!

this is a thing? glad i'm not insane
by: Anonymous

I've had what i've always referred to as an irrational fear of taxidermy since I can remember (I'm 16 now). There have been moments when I can look at a piece of taxidermy and not go into full on panic mode, but I usually - and instinctively - look at the ground when I spy a mount.

similar yet strangely different
by: nikole

I am so glad I am not alone! I have been afraid of dead animals ever since I can remember and it is so frustrating for me and my family because we don't understand why. But mine is a little different than the ones I've read so far. I'm 19 and my dad is big into hunting and I go with him every year since I was 12 and even before that. I shoot my own animal and, except for the first time or two, have been able to touch it and clean it out and pack it out without any fear or problems. I've even carried it and helped my dad put it onto the truck or did a full body hug with the deer so he could hang it in the garage! But the next day I can't go anywhere near it! Antlers don't bug me really at all and I'm getting better with deer. I can even go into cabela's to a certain extent or any place i've been to before where the heads are high above me. But I can't go into museums because I'm afraid of the dead animals that might be inside. I really want to go into the Buffalo Bill museum in Cody because I love the western history but I can't because I know there are mounts in there. I remember going to a friends house for the first time and they had an elk head in their living room and she put a bager skin on her head because she thought I would think it was funny but I grabbed onto the nearest door afraid that they would try and make me go into the room. But I've been in the Museum of Natural History in DC and walked through the hall of mammals with all the lions and things like that in 8th grade and I was fine with my mom there, I was scared at first but then I pushed myself to go with my mom and I was fine through the whole thing and they were even up close. But the worst are bears especially full body. And you know what else, I love horses and my favorite shopping place is the Big R horse section and the bastards put a full body mount of a lion attacking a little gazell right above the halters and blankets! It made me so mad! But I found that if I wear a hat so I don't have to see them then I'm ok as long as I don't look up enough to see them or think about it to much. I'm not as bad with birds and fish don't bother me but thats probably because I know the fish aren't real. I also don't mind them from a distance or in pictures but maybe because I've been exposed to them so much. I am so glad to know that I am not alone. thank you so much!

It Gets Better
by: Anonymous

I was reading the stories of the people who also suffer from this phobia, and your not alone, I am a 25 yr old women who also suffer from this odd phobia, And ive been suffering all my life. It is only now that i have started making efforts to change this fear. Here Where i live i actually ran into my worst Nightmare. a walking and making noise taxidermy bear. ( it was a man in a suit that did events for Renfairs and was a wild life surveyor.) It sent me into a panic attack, But when it stopped i decided that I would not let this ruin my experience of this Ren fair. i (with my friend holding my hand.) went up to the bear and told him i had a phobia, and he is basicly my walking nightmare, he understood and allowed me to stand close to him. I not only stood close but i also got comfortable enough to start touching him with my index finger.
The moral of this story is that you can overcome fear, I myself am trying, i have a few other phobias as well, Automatonophobia, and Pediophobia, these things can ruin your life if you let them, I have chosen to Not let it. One Time touch at a time

So glad I'm not alone
by: Anonymous

I have had this phobia since age 3, I'm now 55. Our zoo had the deer and elk in a double chain link run. I had climbed on the outer fence to get a better look when a bull elk charged. My dad pulled me off just as the antlers went through the interior fence. For years I thought it was a nightmare.
Over the years, well meaning people have tried to help. My grandparents made me stand in a trading post lined with buffalo heads at age 6. My dad took me into sporting shops. At 12, I passed out in the museum in Deadwood.
I have run people over trying to get out of buildings with "heads" and have hurt myself trying to escape. I panic at photos of them and have nightmares about them.
I have lived my whole life being embarrassed and harassed by family members. Even my husband has called me a freak and told me I needed a shrink. I was hypnotized to see if it would help. The only thing that came out of that session was it's the reason I'm a vegetarian.
It's just part of me now and I'm relieved I'm not the only one. Thanks to all for sharing

Thank God
by: Kendra

So happy i came across this site. I thought i was the only one who had this fear. No one i know understands what people with this fear go through. You can't do a lot of things because of it; i cant even go into Wal-mart because of the fact that in the hunting gear section there are moose heads, bear heads, etc. My family all loves to go camping and everything and i can't go into any of the buildings cause they are usually log cabins and I'm scared there will be taxidermy in there. My dad loves hunting and cant even really wants to keep the heads so he can mount them but because of me he cant and it makes me feel really bad. I also cant go to my relatives houses because almost all my relatives have taxidermy everywhere, my cousin has a huge room dedicated to animals he hunted in Africa and throughout the world so im scared to go in the house. And when i went to florida with my family i couldnt do half the things they wanted to because of this horrible fear. It doesnt just ruin your life, it ruins your loved ones too :( i hate it. Im so glad to know im not a total freak

I have it too
by: Anonymous

And to think I was the only one...I am determined mine started when I was 6 or 7 when my grandparents took us to Dodge City KS and one the buildings had a buffalo head at eye level (for an adult)...and you know those are HUGE!

For me, full body mounts are the worst...I have refused to go into many places due to them, or even just head mounts. Several people have mentioned Texas RoadHouse and Cabella's. I've been to Texas RoadHouse a couple of times, but will never go to Cabella's or a Bass Pro Shop!

It's funny when I ask people about a restaurant they have been to if they have heads and they say they don't know...how can you NOT know?!! I pretty much know before walking into most buildings if they do or not.

I live in Texas, so they are abundant here, in some Walmarts and several resatuarants, mostly BBQ. I'm always happy to report "headless bbq" places I've found.

On a trip to Seattle to visit a friend, we went to a place called Claim Jumpers (if memory serves) and I thought it would be ok...uh, no. As we walked in, to the left was the doorway to bathroom, and Lord if there wasn't a buffalo head above it!!

If I shield my eyes with my hands and walk fast, I can get past them. Luckily my boyfriend does head checks when we go out to eat. If we go to a place that has them and we keep going back, I get less afraid, but that doesn't mean I want to pet it.

Some of these stories make me laugh, but only because I know what the people are going through.

samesies
by: Anonymous

I've been terrified of taxidermy for as long as I can remember and I always thought I was alone! My family and friends don't understand my fear and don't get why I can't just magically overcome it. My worst experience ever was the field museum in chicago that I went to for a class field trip. I would've refused to go in the taxidermy area if it wasn't required for this ecology project we had to do. I was looking at the ground almost the whole time clutching onto a friend on each side. Mosst miserable day of my life! I definitely have that sixth sense where I can tell there's going to be an animal in a restaurant or something and if it catches me off guard its even worse. The bigger the worse it is. Just thinking about it puts me on edge and gives me anxiety. This weekend I'm supposed to go to a friend's cabin where there's a giant buffalo head and a deer head and I'm terrified to go but I don't want to miss out. I know its annoying to my friends because they don't really get it and I wish I could get over it already. Helpppp me!

Bad Bad FEAR !!!!!!!!!!!
by: Darrel Daley

Hi, I,m Darrell Daley, I live in California,I,m 61yrs old but was raised in Michigan ! We had a cabin up in the woods in Mi. There was one store there! It had wall to wall Deer, bear you name it,HEADS on the wall. I walked in there Ran OUT of the store CAUSING TERM OIL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Knocked over one display it was the worst DAY of my LIFE1 STILL to this day , I,m Deathly scared of Taxidermy, I check out EVERY wall NOW when I enter a store, Thank,s for Listening! DD

Daughter Terrified of Moose Heads and all Taxidermy
by: Moose Heads! Aggh!

We thought we were the only ones with this bizarre phobia...you are right: heads are everywhere, and in weird places. My daughter started to panic about moose heads at around age 3...getting to the point where she was terrified to enter any new restaurant, store or building until I checked it for "moose heads." One day, I got frustrated and said, "There are NO heads in this place, ok?" but then we walked in and there were two boar heads! Just goes to show, you never know. Like many of you, my daughter will "get a feeling" about the heads...and she is always right! Antlers are just as bad...she is getting older and learning how to hide her panic a bit, but it's still awful for her. I don't know if it's a past life issue, or OCD, or what, but if anyone has a "cure" or coping mechanism, please share!

I'm not alone!
by: Anonymous

This phobia is a burden to both me and the people around me who have to deal with my phobia. It started when I was about 4 or 5, my family used to go camping at a place called outdoor world. Then, in the midst of their gaming room, they had a bobcat with her cubs and a wolf with her pups alongside a gigantic moose head! And sense then I have the sixth sense everyone talks about on here. Then whenever I get confronted by taxedirmy, I feel this overwhelming sense of fear, anxiety, and my heart beats a million miles a second. I believe that I am reliving what the animal went through before it was killed and it was reliving it's memory inside of me, and I am on of few who carry this burden. So glad i'm not alone!

Ahhhhh!
by: Sadie

I am so glad I'm not crazy. When I was little my family would go to outdoor world bass and pro shops because my brother enjoyed the shooting game there. I would end up crying hysterically on the floor after a glimpse of a moose or wolf. But bears were the absolute scariest. The largest one stood on two feet with its mouth wide open and claws up guarding the door. It was a complete nightmare because while I wanted to leave more than anything... I would have to come face to face with the bear to do so. Now I am 15. I am now ok with deer birds rodents goats and such but bears still trigger heart attacks. My family laughed at me, but now just avoid outdoor world all together due to the embarrassment I cause. I feel like such a little kid but you guys have helped me feel normal with your stories, so thanks.

i am not the only one
by: kitty cat lover

hi i am 13 and i am scared of any thing taxidermy and it sucks i cant go to some party's cus the houses have deer heads i cant go in some stores,restraints i have ben trying to get over it but not very hard :( and some people just don't understand!!!. i have ben scared sense i was 4 or 5 years old.i guess i just have to face my fear!!. good luck to ever one that hads Taxidermy Phobia!!!

incredible! surprised.. relieved & curious
by: Vettie Da Teddy

alright people, i am 17 going on 18 living with this terrible horrifying fear of any taxidermy.. i am happy to know i'm not as weird for this as i thought i was. it is not a comfortable feeling walking into a room or a buliding feeling paranoid you will come across something scary. my mom,dad,grandparents & myself all hate this fear. i feel like it holds me back from living life.. here are some ways and places i know will have a head or two or even a full body taxidermy figure: if its a cabin looking place like AJ Spurs, if it has Indian attire or decor,most likely if it has the word "lodge" in it, if it is a steak house, if there are antlers, or if you feel sick to your stomach as you approach the location. i have learned to go with my gut most of the time because of the many times i have been lied to just to get in the place and not embarrass who I'm with. like i give a rat's ass!!!! even my 5 year old sister makes me feel like a wimp because of it. i am afraid for my life when i have to see that stuff. i think it started when i was like 3 years old, i was in Santa Luis Obispo with my grandma shopping and she wanted to go to this burger joint for lunch. as soon as she let me see in the door i saw a giant Moose head sitting there over the cash register station & i put my feet down so she couldn't push my stroller any further into the resturant. Another incidents after that include class field trips in elementary school to Museums, Niagara Falls, Mother's day when my nana wanted to go to a steak house that has Moose antlers & a Boar head, Big 5 when they used to have animal heads by the hunting gear & family reunions in the Elk's Lodge! this goddamn fear is eating my life up like a disease!!!!!!! Thank You for reading this to understand a little more of what we go through. i enjoyed reading everyone's stories

Finally Not The Only One!
by: Analee

I'm 24 1/2, and I've had a fear of taxidermy for as long as I can remember. For the longest time, it was all kinds, heads or otherwise. The bear head over the fireplace at Hoss' in my hometown in Pennsylvania scared me, as did the deer heads that used to be in Wal-Mart. I think it goes back to when I was a toddler and saw a bird crash into our porch window and get killed, and then magnified when I was in first grade, and we went to the Carnegie Museum of Natural History and I saw their "Arab Courier Attacked By Lion" diorama. I walked through that entire museum, with the exception of the Egypt exhibit, with my eyes closed.

I've noticed that I can be OK around deer heads now, even if there's an initial shock. I just get nervous around them. Small birds in a normal, resting on a branc position are OK, as are squirrels just chilling on a branch. Hoss' hasn't bugged me in years. The gigantic mastadon at the Smithsonian didn't bug me, but I had to stick to the dinosaur exhibit when we went in 5th grade (luckily, the group I was with was cool with that and the chaperone let us stand around and watch them refurbish or whatever the triceratops bones). I got extremely nervous in Dick's Sporting Goods and had a LOT of trouble walking from the door to the pick-up area at the LL Bean outlet in Freeport when I was 19 because of the taxidermy. I have no problem, however, watching shows on TV that involve taxidermy or looking at some pictures on the internet. I'm just glad that after years of older siblings teasing me, I find out that this is a valid fear and I'm not just crazy.

Constant fear
by: Anonymous

I live in Florida and ive had this fear all of my life. I'm a 33 yr old mother and so embarrassed to say i use my 9 yr old to scope out places before i enter them. She is my little champ! she doesnt laugh or criticize me, she just protects me from my own craziness/fears. At one point, my family owned an auto repair shop. One of our biggest customers was Boars Head Brands, we reapired a truck and delivered it, unfortunately, for my luck, it was late in the evening so i had to be the 2nd driver. the delivery took longer than expected, i had to use the restroom, so i asked for it, walked-in in a rush and felt this black shadow behind me as i passed the front door... IT WAS A FULL SIZE BLACK BOAR WITH TUSKS ON A STAND... it was so high, i towered over me. i immediately turned and freaked out, began hyperventilating and began a full blown panic attack. i ran into the hallway and what do i see, a little man statue holding a huge fish (of course another fear of mine) then i look to the next door and finally its the restroom, i run in, the tears rolling down my face and start thinking of ho to get out of this office, except its midnight and there is only 1 other person in the bldg and hes in the warehouse...OMG, i thought tonight im gonna die of straight FEAR! i exit the bathroom and head the other direction, leaning against the walls (to protect myself) and i see a shadow over my head, its a stuffed elephant head, in front of me another head, i run back into the hallway screaming but again there is nobody in the bldg w/me. Finally, i hear a mans voice, its the manager, in a moment of fear I beg him to help me get out of this office, he laughs at me and says the door is right there...hahaha...not funny, i swear i thought i was going to die that night. anywho, he helps me out, of course im holding onto him for dear life and trembling so hard i am making him tremble. i got out but i could not calm myself for hours after that. i dont know why but this fear is only getting worse for me as time goes on. I even hyperventilate when i go into stores like Bed, Bath and Beyond, because the ceilings are so high up and the colors are so dark. Stuffed toys and statues, even of people, scare me too. i need help to overcome this fear, if anyone has any suggestions please comment.

Share info on places
by: Karen

I would love if there was a list of places that have taxidermy (name of business, what is there, placement). It's worse for me when it's a surprise!

Not so alone
by: Karen

I am almost 40 years old and have never known a time when my fear of taxidermy hasn't ruled my life. I live in Minnesota and it is everywhere. My husband and I bought a family vacation home from his parents a few years ago and I am so limited to the places I can go there. It is truly hell. I have nightmares on a regular basis of being trapped in places where there are animals. I hate them all, but the bigger the worse it is. Bears and big cats are the worst. We just returned from our nephew's graduation in Wisconsin and the family chose Texas Roadhouse for dinner. I have never been to one and asked my husband about it. He thought maybe a couple of fake cow skulls. NO! Heads all over. I almost collapsed but didn't want to make a scene. He guided me blindly to our table and told me not to look anywhere. I was so embarassesd when my in- laws kept asking if I was ok. How doyou make someone understand this?! I felt like a freak. My husband, while very protective,
cannot make heads or tails of it. He does the routine "head-checks" (glad again I'm not alone) but sometimes isn't very thorough. New places give me panic attacks. It is a burden. I want to be "cured", but the idea of being intergrated into it even slowly makes me want to die. Can we get it out-lawed?

So very relieved to not be alone!
by: Grace

I'm 17 yrs old and I seriously can't remember when this phobia started. Cause a friends dad loved to hunt (like over in Africa and stuff) so I was exposed to it and was fine. I was even more freaked out by skeletons back in the day!!! But now the slightest talk of stuffed animals give me the creeps. Texas Roadhouse is off limits as well as any steakhouse restaurants for me. This is a huge pain in the butt, I have to ask my parents to do the head checks and sometimes call ahead. I hate when I'm with relatives I havent seen in awhile and they are in charge choosing the restaurant and it's happened twice that I've freaked out. Moose and buffalo heads are the worst, but really anything can give me the heebie-jeebies. It makes me feel so childish :( i feel theres no hope for a cure.

Buffalo Heads
by: Anonymous

Buffalo heads are the worst. First time I ever saw one, I didn't even know what a buffalo was. We were on a family trip out west in a museum when I was about 8 years old. When I first saw the buffalo head I looked at the thing strangely for a few seconds trying to figure out what it was, then I started to be scared of it as I looked at it. There was one time that for some reason I didn't notice one above the drinking fountain I was drinking from... Imagine my surprise when I lifted my head after drinking from the fountain. Another time was around 2000 or 2001 when we ate at what I believe was a Cheddar's restaurant near Cleveland. It was the largest buffalo head I had ever seen in my life (and no other native north american land animals head - no matter how comparatively large it is - can even compare to the smallest grown buffalo's head). Thankfully I never had to go near it because it was in the back corner of the restaurant.

Oh god...
by: Anonymous

Oh my god... Now I don't feel like a total retard. Everypony in my family is like a hunter, or not scared of anything, so nobody really understands me.. I think my phobia started when I was maybe, 4 or 5 years old. It was either a field trip or I went with my family, but I was visiting "North West Trek" which is a zoo. I remember walking in the gift shop, and then.... Mother of god. The wall was covered with taxidermy, and in the corner were live bees! I started crying and I ran out, but then I got in trouble and my mom made me go back inside. Another experience I had which probably led to the EXTREME phobia I have right now, was when I went to a restaurant and there was dead animals galore. I'm not sure if there is a specific name for this phobia, but if it helps any, I'm also scared of bugs (mostly spiders) and realistic human or animal statues or wax figures. This summer my mum is making me go to a wax museum though! Lord, help me :( I have no idea how I could stop this cuz it's kinda embarrassing, but I don't think I'll be over it anytime soon.

Thanks for reading this and whilst I was reading the other comments I was already squirming! just thinking about Taxidermy is... Eugh.

My irrational fear
by: Anonymous

Until today, I thought that I was the only one with this "irrational fear" also known as a phobia for taxidermy. I hear all the time that it is so dumb and am always asked what about it scares me..and my answer is...I don't know, it just does. I know that they won't go after me and they don't move and that they are dead...but there is just something about it that scares me to a point where I can't function. The only other thing that does this to me are snakes. Just today my husband and I went to a pawn shop to try and sell some earrings that I had and they had taxidermy everywhere. I panicked and asked him if he would just do it. We live in a small town in Montana, where he was raised. He thinks my fear is completely stupid and it's something I just need to get over. It's true, we do have taxidermy in our own home, but it took me quite a few tries to walk into the house the first time I did it knowing that they were there. Once I knew they were there and I went in there a few times, I was fine for the most part. I think (and from what I have read, a lot of people deal with this) is the unknown is what's the most scary. Not knowing where they all are and what they are. The worst part is asking if there is any taxidermy in an area and the people around me looking at me like I am stupid or crazy. It doesn't help when people don't support me..in fact I get more anxious the more they criticize what it is. Now it's a huge battle in my mind, "should I ask or just go in and not know and panic then??" and just thinking about it freaks me out more. I wish I had more understanding and patient people around me that could understand that this isn't just something I can turn off...living in Montana in an area and with a family that hunts, I wish I could turn it off. I've tried so many different things. I force myself to stare and deal with it. I just wish people wouldn't have it! I mean in Montana, taxidermy in a pawn shop, car dealerships, banks...i mean really? It that necessary??? Why is it necessary? Not everyone wants to see it! I guess that's why I thought I was the only one with this fear since it is so common and no one ever thinks that someone might be afraid of it.

So glad you understand
by: Naomi

I'm 22 years old and afraid of taxidermed animals. I don't know what happened because when I was little, my favorite room in my local museum was a room full of taxidermed animals, all of them full bodied. My fear showed up in high school; there was a hallway in the science wing with a display case full of taxidermed animals, just small ones (squirrels, birds, etc.) but I would avoid this hallway and if It couldn't be avoided, I would block my view of the case while I walked past it. If I go somewhere I can usually tell there's going to be a head or something, usually by the rest of the decor of the place and then I can mentally prepare myself. If I'm in a room with a head or something, I don't like having my back to it, but I also don't like looking at it either. I sit in the car when my family members want to go into Cabellas, I will never set foot in a Cabellas store, they may be a bit extreme, but it makes me feel better. I dunno what it is, I just get the heebie jeebies when I see them, I get goosebumps and I feel very exposed and vulnerable, it's very strange. I remember going to a pediatric dentist's office and one of hid decorations was a plush cow head mounted on the wall and it was animated; it's mouth would move and it would talk, it took everything I had not to just rip it off the wall, just gross.

Fear Of The Heads
by: Autumn

I feel SO mch better! I've been scared since I was 3 years old.. I'm 15 now.. but I think its cool that we all just know.. I get this weird feeling.. and suspect there's something in there. But I hate those times when the place looks okay to go in.. and there's a huge moose.. I'm okay with statues, deer heads just startle me when I don't know theid there.. but it seems like the bigger the scarier (for me) and it seems like the higher up AND bigger... I just flip out.. I grew up with a family that teased me of the fear. Like my dad: " hey it just winked at you!" Or mom: "Oh no, the (whaeveer head it is) is ganna come off the wall and get you." To this day my mom teases me. My dad is always my protector.. if I spot a head I HAVE to have somebody next to me. I usually craddle someone arms and shut my eyes really tight as we walk by. I hate when I see one that I didn't see before, and start to babble out of fear and the waitress looks at me like I'm stupid.

Finally! Others understand this! Yay!
by: Starlight

Thank the Lord that this website! I am amazed that others have my fear, too. I have had this fear since I was 7 years old. We had a family reunion so there were about 20 or so relatives. We have dinner at Texas Roadhouse. We walk in and I see a couple of fish around the front desk and I started sweating. I was confused about this because it was freezing in the restaurant. Then, Abbie, my younger animal loving cousin,looks up above the door,points, and yells "Moose!" Being curious,I looked where she was pointing. It was a HUGE moose head! I screamed and ran out the door. I was later confused and embarassed about the event which took place and learned that I had a fear of taxidermy. A couple years later, my vocal teacher invited me to come sing at the most important meeting that the Elks Club holds. I was very excited. So my mom and I walked into the banquet hall. Something told me to look left. I did and saw two HUGE elk heads!!! I ran into the bathroom. I regret that day and I sometimes wish that never happened or I sometimes hate myself because of it. In July, my mom and I are going to Atlanta,GA and we are going to Fernbanks Natural History Museum. I have been warned that there are taxidermy there. I am so scared but I still really want to go because I love natural history museums. So PLEASE wish me luck and post any advice for me. By the way I am 13 years old and would like to get over this fear SOON!!!!! Thank you for reading this and I wish you luck getting over this fear. Thanks!!!!!!

deer heads
by: Anonymous

Oh my gosh! I seriously cannot believe THIS many people are scared of animal heads!!!! I didn't even know it was called "taxidermy phobia!" this started for me around age 7 or 8 i want to say. my parents say i hated them before that happened though and when i was little i would close my eyes and get scared at this one mexican restaurant that had deer heads but i don't really remember but i kind of do. i was like 4 at the time. anyway i remember visiting some family friends that had two big deer heads on their living room wall. i hated them and i remember my moms friend goes, " there lookin at you!" and i KNEW they really werent but it freaked me out. so much that i didn't want to sleep at their house and i went to the hotel with my parents. i had nightmares about their eyes staring at me and it literally FREAKED me out. on the way home i had another nightmare and had to goto the bathroom. we stopped at a restaurant and of course there were deer heads EVERYWHERE! if someone is reading this who is also scared, then they probably are getting scared even reading this and to the person who ISNT scared probably is thinking what the heck? that is so silly the animal heads are just decoration! i had to be carried out of restaurants as a little girl because i HATED the deer heads. my parents would have to call before to ask if they had any animal heads on the wall. i ALWAYS make someone look up because that scares me the most is to look up and see them. sometimes i am okay with them if i like the atmosphere of the place i know that sounds really odd but if its well lit and bright and nice and happens to have one and i know where it is- ill be okay. like at abercrombie and fitch there is a moose head and i am okay with it- but if its a bbq restaurant and there just creepily everywhere ... i cant go inside. im better about it now than i was before for sure but i still hate them. i can even go to texas roadhouse because i know where they are. but if i dont and all i know is its a restaurant that has them everywhere, i will freak out. and i HATE when people lie to me and dont tell me where they are because they think i will freak out. i like to know exactly where they are. i know this phobia isn't normal and isn't rational but i HATE them!!!! i am now 22 years old so it isn't getting any better ( well maybe a little) but i think i will always be scared of them. even in movies when i see them i freak out!! there was some movie and literally when they showed the deer head it was like the least scary part for everyone else but me. i remember this guy was in a creepy basement and was shining his flashlight and it was shining on a deer head that had dust all over it and i screamed so loud it freaked me out so bad. i hope i can get over it and realize they are dead and not going to hurt me but i still hate them. im glad to know there are others like me, makes me feel a little better.

Relieved
by: PAS

I hate to echo what everyone else has said, but I am simply amazed by this page!
What a relief as I thought I was the only one who has nightmares, asks people to walk into restaurants to scout them out, sends my kids into taxidermy-filled museums alone (I have literally run from one end of a museum to another, getting yelled at by security), and felt like I had a sixth sense when it came to these things.
Even writing about it sends my adrenal glans into high gear.
What is the story here? Why the fear?
Because they are freaky, horrible, dead creatures, maybe?
Everything about them is frightening.
The glassy eyes, life-like looks. Interested to read about those who can't look at them, as I have to keep them in my line of sight to be sure that they (what? Don't move)?
Ridiculous but true.
At 50, I've just recently gotten comfortable sharing this phobia with others.
Thank you, thank you, thank you for your honesty.
Good luck to all, keep looking over your shoulder!

SO I'M NOT CRAZY??!!!!
by: Anonymous

I am 32 years old and have been scared of taxidermy things for as long as I can remember. When I was little (about 4 years old), a jewlery store in the mall had a HUGE polar bear standing up in the back corner. We had to pass that store all of the time. There were a few times when I was brave enough to look at it as we walked by. Most of the time though, I would have my arms wrapped around my parents legs and either look down or have my eyes tightly shut.

There are a few things that don't bother me as much as others. Deer, fish, reptiles, small cats and other small animals I can deal with in small amounts (as long as I know they are there). Big animals such as elk, moose buffalo, bear, wolves and big cats scare me to pieces!

I too seem to have a radar when it comes to knowing if there is going to be taxidermy things around. A few weeks a go, my family and I were on vacation and we ate at a restraunt that just screamed it would have stuffed creatuers in it. Sure enough, there was a full sized buffalo RIGHT at the door and a full sized grizley bear standing above the register. We sat at a table where we could see the buffalo at the door, a full sized standing polar bear, a buffalo head, a deer head and an elk head. I was SOOO GLAD to get out of there!!! I have to have my twin sister do head checks all of the time. Thankgoodness she understands and is just fine with it.

I have always wonderd why I'm so scared of taxidermy things. One of my friends said maybe it's because I love animals so much (which I do) that I can't stand to see them hurt or dead. I don't think I will ever get fully comfortable around stuffed animals. I always say "if it has ever visited a taxidermist, I want NOTHING to do with it."

Taxidermy Panic Attacks
by: Mary

Wow! I'm so glad I'm not the only person with this fear! It's not only taxidermy heads i'm afraid of, it's large animal statues as well. I always need my friends to check out places to make sure that there is no taxidermy. I sometimes even have weird nightmares about heads and can't talk across the house at night because I am afraid they might be there, even though I know there are none. This fear seems to rule my life and I probably will never be able to go to texas,alaska or new mexico. Has anyone overcome this fear? I feel like hypnosis is my last resort. :(

lee
by: Anonymous

when I was elementary school,

studying in biology chamber

there were disgusting taxidermy and anatomized animal formalin bottle

oneday i dreamed nightmare about that
it was very very horrible

I'm from south korea
by: lee

I'm very glad to know i'm not alone
taxidermy is so disgusting and eerie

I hope it should be illegal

deer head and antler phobia
by: Anonymous

I'm so happy to know I'm not alone, when I tell people about this they think I'm weird, I thought at one point in my lafe I was getting over it but instead it got worse, to many stories to tell, but my husband is finally understanding me, I almost black out when I'm surprised by antlers and deer head mounts especially when I'm not expecting it, most of these stories sound so much like I wrote them and put someone elses name on it, maybe if I watched from start to finish how one is done it may help, and I find also that if antlers r just lying around I don't much care but once they r mounted then I freak I don't understand and my parents still question it also, sometimes I feel like a nut case.

I knew I was not alone
by: no beheading

I can not go places where I know there to be too many heads on the wall. I have gotten to a place where I can deal with one or two. Just tonight I had to tell my husband I could not attend a dinner b/c I found that the place was littered with them (of course I have to check a place out b/4 I enter) I am not a controlled by this as I once was. But really why is it ok to have the severed head of an animal hanging on the wall. I know all the stuff that yes the eyes are glass, and that has helped. But please don't put these things in public places.

is there any hope?
by: Anonymous

You guys have no idea how thrilled I am to know that its not just me. Not only does taxidermy scare the hell out of me, so do large statues of animals. I have have several near-death expeierences: stopping in the middle of the downtown Charlotte and causing a road block while passing the Panthers Stadium, or downtown West Palm Beach flipping out over the huge elephant statues, and in Scottsdale,AZ where I stopped and made a U-turn to prevent myself from driving too close to a taxidermy deer. My worst encounter was at North Carolina State University Football Stadium, after freaking out about the pack of wolves in a massive statue outside the stadium, I was then blindly escorted into the main lobby where I was greeted by over 50 taxidermy wolves. Go Wolf Pack...Is there a cure? If so, someone post post post it....I'm almost 26,its getting old.

Still very uneasy...
by: BBQ

I used to have dreams where my Dad's deer heads would try to try to buck themselves out of the wall and kill me. Needless to say this never helped my fear. I couldn't even leave my bedroom to go to the bathroom I was so scared. A lot of time has passed since then but I am still incredibly uneasy about mounted deer heads. I am afraid that they are watching me and that I will turn to look at them and they will be looking directly at me. I am now sleeping in a room with one of the mounted deer heads from my childhood nightmares and I can't even sleep and I am too afraid to look at it.

Also, the scariest thing that replays in my mind is the deer head from one of the Evil Dead movies. I am terrified.

I thought i was the only one!
by: Anonymous

I never knew that anyone else had this phobia! No one at all understands how terrible this is. I had a traumatic experience when I was younger and ever since then I cannot be around any heads or animals. I have nightmares about them. I cannot go in any restaurants and I get nervous whenever going into a new place or restaurant. I have my family or ffriends go inside to check before I go in. It is just awful. It is so embarrassing and I wish so bad that I could get rid of this phobia. If anyone has been cured or knows of any treatment please post.

Annoyed
by: Anonymous

First time encountering them, when I was four or five we went to my dad's old house we went in and heads, heads, galore!!!!!!!!! I remembered going to the other side of the wall and looking for the bottom half of the animal, I was okay no fear. Next encounter, we went on vacay to Albany, N.Y. we went into an old house tour I went in like 10 heads lining the wall both sides my parents wanted to take a pic of me in front of the christmas tree. no way me staring at a buffalo, moose, and deer. I died of embrassment. The whole tour for like 2 hours I had to scope the whole place looking for "them", there was only 1 other 1. 3rd encounter there are only a couple stores closely located to me the one across the street an antelope head and the most gigantic moose head I've ever seen, never will I go in that place.Mexican restaurant God saved me by placing me where there we're no heads while there could be one right in the middle of the table. They seem interesting to me in pics but in person forget it. Small ones not a prob but big full ones and heads nope! I live in the south where there is a lot of it. Oh I forgot once when I went into an open house upstairs there were 3 deer heads I ran downstairs while my dad upstairs with my supportive mom down with me. my mom said to my dad this one is a definite no. I hope God will help me stop this but forno I"m a freak.

:(
by: Anonymous

so glad im not the only one! it gets so bad i can not even look at them, i have panic attacks and find it hard to breath, its rediculous! any one have any idea how to get rid of it its horrible!

Glad I'm Not Alone!
by: Casey

Hi, my names Casey, I live in Texas and incase you dont know, almost every house in Texas has some sort of Taxidermy in it! My family used to have a few deer mounts in my house and every day i would walk past them and pet them. Now i cant even look at one, if it is 5 feet away or 200, i still cant look at it, it petrifies me. This last summer, i went to work with my nephew who is 14. He works on a ranch and i loved it! Working with all the amazing animals! Until we got done and went into the ranchers house! You couldnt walk in without seeing taxidermy. When i refused to go in, the ranchers son asked why and i said i had a phobia of Taxidermy and i could tell he felt kinda sorry. (he was younger than me)When my nephew and my friend learned of my phobia, they found a mount laying on the ground and ran at it with me, it was a buffalo mount! I was scared and ran and threatened to call my parents, they didnt care and continued until it got to the point where i picked up a stone and threatened to throw it at them. They finally gave up,and by that point i was all out bawling and my legs were giving way from under me, i sat outside in 110 degree weather playing with the dog. I love animals but for some odd reason, i hate mounts, espescially big game mounts. I feel very much comforted that other people have this same phobia as me. May god be with all of you and i hope yall all get over this.
:)

:)
by: Marissa

people i got over my fear!!!! im so exited my dad got a deer head and i went right up to it and pet it!!!! i got a deer and im getting a deer head. i went into the taxidermy place and i was scared but i just took a deep breath closed my eyes and went in. im 11 so my fear started yong.

all u people who still fear, here is a cure i used. i just exposed myself a lot and i got over my fear! read my phobia story befor this it is called OMG. but i got better. i know it sucks but its gets better at some point

Not Alone!!
by: Anonymous

I completely thought i was the only one with this phobia, and im so glad im not alone! When i was like four i went on a little side job with my grandpa to one of his friend's house, and inside he had two deer heads right next to each other. Being so young, i had never seen anything like it before. my grandpa was working in the upstairs bathroom, and in order to get to the stairs you had to walk right by the two deer heads. When ever i walked by them, i would just look at them to make sure they didn't move. so we left and i didnt think anything of it, but about a week later my grandpa took me with him into a tackle shop/convenient store and right over the door was a huge boar head. naturally since it was over the door i didnt see it until i had walked all the way in and had turned around at some point and saw it. i remember i started crying and telling my grandpa "it's one of those things" because it was only the second time i had seen a stuffed head. so he carried me out crying and that was that. About ANOTHER week later, again i was with my grandpa and we were in a town that was closer to the mountains then were i lived. We stopped in a feed store and i remember walking up to it and just knowing that there were more of those things in there. we walked in and the walls were covered with different animal's heads and some were animals i had had no idea even existed at the time haha, i think there was even a fully stuffed horse in there too! i just started screaming and crying and i just ran out of the store. Ever since i've been terrified of any big stuffed animal. anything with antlers especially, alk and moose are the absolute worse. my family likes to camp, so i was constantly running into stuffed heads. if a house or restaurant had a stuffed head or full body i would just refuse to go in. i remember countless times were i felt so left out while my family was in like a gift shop or something and i would just be waiting outside for them to come out because i was too afraid to go in. Reading everyone's comments, it's almost uncanny how similar we all are. I too had to make family members scan the walls of certain restaurants or houses i felt had mounts in them. It's really weird how you just know that there's a stuffed mount in a building. i think i've only been wrong about a hand full of times. im nearly 21 now and i've pretty much gotten over it. i can go into restaurants and friends houses without freaking out. ill admit i still get that weird feeling in my stomach and ill start to get a little nervous, but it doesnt control my life like it did when i was younger. if im in the same room as the stuffed head ill still watch it, just to make sure it doesnt move. As a kid i remember thinking to myself "when im big and strong i wont be afraid of them anymore". i believe ill get over this and wont let my younger self down :)

I'm just trapped...
by: Sleepless in Minnesota

It stops me from so many things, my parents said I was the only one but I knew I wasn't. I found this website and was joyed to see all these people. I am 11 and have never been to disney land or world because of my fear, my parents drove for daysjust to go to bugaboo creek, I was so excited, until I walked in and saw all of the heads! I cryed and had to stay in the car. My parents don't understand and just think it's weird, i know it is, but I just can't help it. When we went up to duluth for my brother's hockey tournament, there was only one hotel open, canal park lodge, I love hockey tournaments because of the pools, I really do love to swim, so I was really excited, but when I walked in, there was a humongous moose head right above the fireplace, there were canada geese that were also taxidermied, and I just couldn't take it. We had to stay in a motel! That is unacceptable. I am going to a camp called wolf ridge with my class on January 17th to January 20th and I was super excited, but a little timid, so I asked my teacher if there was any taxidermy and she said that the classrooms were full of them, So I don't know what to do, i'm considering hypnosis, but I don't know if it works or not, anybody know?

-Thanks! =)

Scared of Taxidermy!!!
by: Anonymous

When i was eight years old, we went on a family vacation to the Smokey Mountains. I had never really had any issues with taxidermy phobia, but we were seated underneath a deer's butt! It was really gross.
And over the summer, we went to the Field Museum in Chicago with my bff and her family. Me and my sister and my dad went into a gift shop while waiting for our friends, and a fake buffalo was on a stand. I instantly ran out and went up to my mom. My dad said it was just a stuffed animal(the cute ones that AREN'T dead), but i still refused.
When our friends arrived, everyone headed over to an area FILLED with tons of taxidermy. I started screaming and crying and ran away, which I'm kind of old to do since i'm eleven. My mom told me it was okay, but it still wasn't. She took me through a few parts of the exhibit, and we arrived at a display case with an elk inside. My mom was holding my hand and told me to look up, and that i would never be able to see an animal like this up close in real life. But i freaked and started screaming, like really loud!
Over fall break, we went to a zoo in Gatlinburg, and my sister wanted to show me a sloth in its enclosure. She is so sweet about my fear, and is like,"dont look up. its a head." But as we walked closer, i realized the sloth wasn't moving or breathing. i was like, um thats dead. and then we were done with that.
I have had a lot of experiences with this, even though i hate it. One of the worse was when we went to Texas, and wanted to go play outside with our cousins. We were at my uncle's house, and he is an active hunter. The only problem? We had to go through his basement to get outside. He kept all his "trophies" in his basement. I started screaming and crying. I eventully was forced to go down to the basement. I then realized when we got outside that the gate was unlatched. Oh well.
-Thank you sooooo much for reading this. It made me feel better reading ya'all's.:)

i hate this:/
by: Anonymous

so i have been living with the fear of taxidermy for as long as i can remember my dad told me i was fine with it till a certain age. but my family hunts so i cant go to half of my familys house. all the old people in my family say u just want attention its not attention its the fear but its not fear its like a night mare but in real life. i was telling my friend today and she doesnt understand no one does... my ex bf offered to take down his animals but if i know that there was some taxidermy was there i cant go in to the room. i dont wanna face it cuz if i see taxidermy i cry, shake, and run away from it. so i cant go no where with my friends like abrocrobie i cant go there cuz of the moose. no one understands that i cant go to that store my friend took me there me not thinking of the moose i walk in with a bunch of guys and when i saw it i ran out of the store to the bathroom and when i got out i had to hold on to one of the guys the whole time after because my legs felt like they were gonna give out on me. so everyone there has seen me cry. now all the guys want me to go in there so ill cry trying to make a game but it makes me shake for like 2 hrs after and i hate the feeling of being alone with being scared of those stupid animals

Thank gosh
by: Whitney

When I was little my dad used to have a deer head in his living room! He used to lift me up and I would pet it's head when I was little. My mom says something must have happened when I was there. I honestly cannot remember what happened for me to be afraid of these. I'm afraid of any kind of head. Deer elk moose ram you name it I'm scared of it!! I'm glad I'm not the only one. My husband thinks it's so silly, he dosent understand that this terrifies me! I have gotten better about it. If I know where a head is in a common place I go to it dosent bother me as much.

omg
by: Marissa

im 11 years old and my experiance was not to long ago....i was about 7 or 8 and i spent the night at my friend alexis' house and she had a deer skull sitting on the end table (i wasnt afraid of them then) and i went to get a drink and she thought it would be funny to scare me with it so she hid behind the wall and poped it out at me! it scrached my face,the antler did. now i hate any taxidermy thing exept little game. and the worst part is my dad is getting his deer head in a week or two and he is putting it right were you can see it when you walk in! i love hunting but i can be fine with gutting it and shooting it. but i cant stand taxidermy! i live in pennsylvania and there is alot of taxidermy here. there is this one place called bobs trading post and it had a cow skull and i was fine with it but then they put up a deer skull and deer head! and my cosin came to visit and we went there for some ice cream and i didnt know they had the deer in there! so when we walked in the person i used to like was in there and i got goose bumps and i started to breath really hard and i started crying and he saw me so that made me cry even more! now i cant even go into a house without looking for them if they are in there then i start to freak out! IM GLAD IM NOT THE ONLY ONE!!!!

full bodies
by: Anonymous

Animal heads are not as bad as full animal bodies. Especially bears, wolves, tigers, lions and any types of cat animals. I cannot go to any museums, I´m that scared. If I see a taxidermy animals, I burst in tears and usually also fall on the ground and close my eyes. I am sooooooooooo scared of them, it´s really serious. I have nightmares regularly.
Deers are not as bad as those mentioned before, because they usually have closed lip and wolves bears etd have it opened and of course horrible teeth...I have goosebumps even of thinking about it.
Im glad Im not the only one, although I can see that most of you are scared of animal heads, especially deers. Im okay with heads as long as it´s not a bear head or any head with teeth. Im so scared, oh dear. But full body animals are really really really scary for me, oh my God!!!!!!

I am so glad I found a page like this.
by: Ashi

My name is Ashi and I'm 16. Up until like 2 seconds ago, I didn't know that there were other people like me with a horrible phobia of taxidermy. When I try to talk to people about it (like my parents, relatives, friends, etc.) they never understand... I know that taxidermy is like a form of decorating and showing off something you killed, but every time I'm near animal heads, skins, or full stuffed bodies, I have horrible panic attacks. :( you all know how it is.. Trying to 'face the fear' worsens it, and it's impossible to explain to people.
The first time I had an attack was when I was like 6 or 7. I was on a family vacation to Oklahoma, and we went to the Cowboy Hall of Fame. I can't remember all of the details, but ever since I went into this one trophy room that they had, I can't look at any taxidermy whatsoever (which is incredibly hard to manage when you live in Arkansas).
This sucks. Everything about it sucks. I'm a teenager and I have lots of friends and an awesome social life, but if I set foot inside a southern themed restaurant, I'm guaranteed to look absolutely insane :'( I'm just so much happier to know that I'm not alone, because it's a really hard thing to deal with. It's not a fear, so you can't face it. It's not common, so you can't avoid it. If any parents of kids with this phobia are reading this, please don't try to force them to 'get over it'. It's not something that they're doing to get attention, so the best thing to do is just to let them know that you understand.
It's been about 10 years and my parents don't even get it yet.

too true!
by: Anonymous

so many of you have hit the nail on the head, so to speak. i've always thought i was the only one, besides my brother. (which i have always thought was my fault, i'm the big sister, i should set a good example for him!) our parents dragged us through the museum of natural history in denver on summer, and holy cow, it's a miracle i didn't pass out. i've always made my family and now that i'm married, my husband do the head check. and we all must have some kind of sixth sense about it, because you just know "that's a head place." and most of the time that feeling is correct! for me it's better in big open spaces, nothing in danger of me brushing up against it, everything in plain sight so i can scope out my surroundings. and elk are the absolute WORST! all this being said, how does one start to get over this? it's quite embarassing, and honestly, i just don't like having something set boundaries on what i can and can't do.

Creepy! Creepy! Creepy!
by: Shan240sx@yahoo.com

I am 33 years old and I have an extreme fear of taxidermy exhibits. I live in the south so it is a very common occurence to encounter one. Often, I can go to places and sense their presence even before going in. If I am supicious, I will send someone in to verify and very rarely do my senses mislead me. People do often ask, why I am afraid. It is just unnatural to me that anyone would put a dead animal on the wall as part of their decor. I become overwhelmed with panick and anxiety upon any encounter with taxidermy displays. I once went to a restraunt with a co-worker. Because he had been there before, I asked him if there were any animals on the wall. He assured me that there were not, but I just didn't feel comfortable. I did not think he was trying to fool me.He just didn't know because he had no feaar for them and he hadn't noticed them before. Upon entering I began sweating and looked to my left to discover a turkey and two deer on the wall. I immediately fell to the floor with my eyes closed covering my ears and my head. The room started to spin as if I was physically injured. My co-workers were freaking out. Every since then I learned to always trust my instincts. I have even come to the strnge conclusion that the fear and panick that I feel may be the same fear and panick that the animal experienced during the kill. IDK just something I have thought about. It is the most creepy thing in the world to me. Facing my fear is not even an option. It's just too terrifying for me.

I'm not alone??
by: Tudiebug

Wow! I always thought I was the only one with this fear of taxidermy deer heads. I'm only afraid of the deer, nothing else. I've been terrified since I was two, now I'm 27 and the fear is worse than when I was younger. I have to check everywhere I go to make sure there are no deer heads. I feel stupid being afraid but I can't help it. When I see one my heart races and I feel like I'm going to have a heart attack. It's nice to know I'm not alone. I am thinking about getting some help for it. I have young children and I do not want them to develope this phobia.

Fear Factor
by: Linda

I also am amazed that others suffer from this phobia. My first recollection of this fear,was when I was 12 years old,and my best friend did volunteer work in the summer at the Children's Museum in our town. The lunch room was on the second floor,and we had to go down a narrow hallway with shelves on each side of it,and on the shelves taxidermy animals were stored when they weren't on display out in the museum. They were the whole body,foxes,wolves,etc. I freaked out the first time I had to go down that hall and never did it again. I quit. Since that time I also cannot dine in or go into anyplace that has these creatures. I feel like I turn into a child for a brief moment when confronted with them. On a more recent note...I went to the home of a man I had recently met and dated a few times. It was dark in the house when we went in,and when he went into the family room to turn on the light,I nearly died....On the wall in front of me were,not one..but five deer heads on the wall about a foot apart. I was so embarrassed! I took off towards the front door and told him I had to leave. I will never go into that house again...and I feel bad because I liked him and enjoyed his company. Pathetic I know.... : (

A new perspective
by: Anonymous

Wow. My daughter has a phobia of deer heads. I thought eventually she would grow out of it, but from seeing all these comments I rather doubt she will. We also must do a "head" check before she goes anywhere new. Before she will go to a friends house for the first time I have to call and ask if they have deer heads on the wall. She totally freaks out if she sees one. I'm glad to have found this website because it gave me a whole new insite into what she is feeling and going through. We have always thought it was strange and at times a little annoying, but now know that it is a real phobia that others experience also. Thank you all for sharing your stories as it has opened a mother's eyes to being more supportive and less judgemental. I no longer see this as silly and my heart aches for my daughter now more than ever.

yikes
by: Anonymous

Here I was starting to think I was the only one with taxidermy fear! It's nice to know I'm not alone at least. It's been as long as I can remember. If I know the animal is there I can't look away because it's haunting and I'm scared what might happen if I'm not looking for some reason. Just last summer my parents tried to drag me through a museum full of taxidermy. They dragged me along, embarressed, and I wasn't even ten feet when I burst out crying and they let me stay outside. I'm 17. My best friend hunts for fun so her house has lots of trophies and I moved where I am this year so it was this year when I walked into her house the first time and was scared but okay till I turned around and saw a giant head over the door and screamed and almost passed out. My bff is really caring about it even though she doesn't understand but other people make fun. It's 100% serious and I don't know what to do though. :(

Yes!
by: Anonymous

Well I am so glad I'm not the only one, I live in Nottingham and on wollaton hall they have huge stuffed animals. I dont even know why I'm scared of them I used to love looking at them! Recently we went on this school trip to wollaton hall and I broke down in tears because I'm so scared of them! I really want to know what the phobia is called but I'm also scared of clowns

Afraid for over 40 years
by: Greg

I have been terrified of taxidermy and dead animals since I was a child. Bears and moose are the worst, but all large mammals scare me. Fish, birds, and reptiles are less scary. I used to have nightmares about a stuffed bear blocking the door to my bedroom. I remember feeling nervous just looking at a photo of a stuffed blue whale in a museum. I have learned to deal with my fear and can even get through a museum if I go slow and have someone with me, but if I feel trapped or crowded or get startled I can have a panic attack.

I had no idea other people shared this weird phobia. My oldest daughter developed the same phobia when she was about 7 years old, and I am pretty sure I did not teach it to her. I take antidepressants for OCD and I find that helps a lot with my phobia and lessening my reaction to dead animals.

I am so Glad I am not Alone!
by: Anonymous

I have had this severe phobia and intense fear since I can remember. The bad thing is everyone in my family has some form of taxidermy in their home and I even have a family member that I lived with who is a taxidermist for a living. I have nightmares about bear-rugs and Once I had a dream that my room was filled with full size mounts, a coyote snarling right in my face and a bear rug hanging over my bed! I didn't want to open my eyes and had a panic attack! I love antique shops but I have to have a "buddy" go with me (one who won't make fun of me or intentionally scare me)because of the amount of mounts that are in shops. I physically panic! I have ran out of stores and refused to go into places if they have them. I have burst into tears because I was so afraid. Oh, I am so glad I am not the only one. Maybe my family will see that I am not just a nut!

Im Seriously scared...
by: Olivia

Well this phobia started off when i was 4....I Was leaving sugar land with my family from shopping and we needed something to eat so we saw this Resturant And we went to it and as soon as we walked in there were taxidermy animals everywheere! Tigers Hogs bears... i was so terrified i was having EXTREME panic attacks After that I Turned 7. I Went to This place called salt grass and i thought there wasnt taxidermy but there wwas i looked up and saw A HUGE buffalo head. I Do not mind cows or birds or antlers or fish etc, At the age of 9 I went to the texas zoo We went to the snake building...And There was a Big giant bear in there Oh And i remember a field trip too that same zoo in that one room where my class went in there alot deer heads elk heads bear heads buffalo heads i was so scared i held on to my friend's hand so tight that i had to be guided threw the whole thing.

I thought i was alone but im so glad im not
by: Anonymous

I'm a 16 year old male and when I was younger I had no problem with it. As soon as I turned 6 we went to the restaurant and I looked rite up at the deer and goats and I swear I heard one make a baaaah sound I yelled and yelled then to make it worse there was a huge sourd fish rite above us now its worse then ever. I'm glad I live in California because there's not much of it ....

Recently discovered phobia freaks me the f*** out!!! Sorry
by: Miss macaroni

Okay so i'm from london, not 2 b cliché bt glad i'm not the only hundreth person wid this!! Let me jus apologise 4 the slang nd shorthand frm now!!!!
Im guessin it started whwn i was about 4 at a school trip 2 da museum.. Starin at a stuffed panda,(known as chi chi) askd teacha what it was, as she told me the new exhibit life size dinosaur decides to roar! I get scared and nearly knock myself out!!! So combination of the 2 large animals hav no idea which triggered the phobia???? Let me kno wat u think!
Dat was it till the age of 19 went into a butchers walked 2 da back c a huge deer head, ran out screaming!! Till this day i turn my head as i walk past that shop, nd 2 mek matters worse its bin moved 2 the window lyk they even sell deer meat uuuuugh!!! But i jus remember feelin an overwhelmin feelin of sickness nd intense fear! If i c a pucture of a deer head ina cartoon, or movie it doesnt creep me out!! I actually thought i jus had a fear of the deer heads bt im noticing this phobia wen i walk past the large brass horse statue in town! Its not as bad bt i feel the need 2 b weary of it! And the otha day i needed 2 use the toilet so i walked with my fren in2 a pub. Was jus about 2 ask if i cud use the bathroom looked 2 my right saw three large statues of men in costumes eg cowboy.. Started feeling scared a lil nervous bt carried on walking.. Sumthing told me look left! Nd like an idiot i did wat did i c 3 more nd 1 of dem was a red indian! I jus made a horrible whelching sound nd panicked saying i cant do this and ran out the pub!!
Idk wtf 2 do its gettin bad im nearly 20 nd i cnt control it, its lyk all of a sudden im scared of taxidermied objects( sorry not sure on context/spelling) and the silliest of statues!! Even at work im a lil freaked out by the model of a jet bein that i work on an RAF site!
Wat can b dun 2 overcome it! I cnt deal with the fear, shuddering, silly sounds, havin 2 walk basically across the road while closing my eyes past a meat shop, feeling sick, pushing people in my way inorder 2 get out! Not even bein able to walk past them or knowing whether im scared of certain objects or not, just waking up and realising yh ur scared of that aswell!!!!!!

I am so happy i'm not alone! Join my new Facebook Group: People with a Phobia of Taxidermy
by: Alex

Hi everyone! I'm 18 years old, from Los Angeles. My fear of taxidermy started when I was four and I went to Vancouver and I looked up at the ceiling of an indian trade post store and there was a huge skinned polar bear hanging and looking down at me. From that moment on I cannot be around them whatsoever. I make my friends and family scope restaurants, I call everyplace before I go eat there if I'm suspicious. I think we have some sort of sixth sense because I always know when it's going to show up! I have had to be blindfolded just to get into a restaurant with heads, and then I still feel very tense and if I run into one without knowing its there I scream and run the other way as far as I can to get away. It's been haunting me all my life but I can't see myself ever being cured. The one thing that is sad is most of my most vivid memories stem from times of dealt with taxidermy. I want to talk about it and hear your thoughts because we are all so similar. I was shocked to read your stories and see how similar they were to mine. Join my facebook group, People with a Phobia of Taxidermy.
It's hard because no one understands why we're haunted by it but it's the worst thing for me. Join and talk!

YES! Understanding PPL!
by: Anonymous

Yeah I have been afraid of taxidermy since I was like eight or so. Can't go into restaurants or grill like bars and sometimes even gas stations. I always have my friends scan the walls for me and still I enter very skiddishly. It's so stupid! I know they are dead, but still! I don't even know why it's in my brain to be afraid of something so stupid. I'll be praying for all of us to get over this silly fear!!

omg i hate my phobia :(
by: terra

i totally know what all of u mean im right there with u. every since i was about 2 i have been terrified of any kind of taxidermy!!! i dont go in like steak houses ,bass pros, or anything that could have any kinde of taxidermy.im 18 now and its an embarrassing phobia and i cant overcome it. i have extreme panic attacks when i see a moose,or bear .its worse the bigger the animal. my family laughs and thinks its silly, but it is real. its good to know im not crazy and that im not alone .:)

Yay!
by: Maddy

I'm so happy other people feel the same! I don't know why but I am so afraid of taxidermy! I hate going to bass pro shops, restaraunts, and anyone's house who has that. I have to close my eyes till I can't see them anymore. I don't know why i'm scared, they can't do anything to me, they're dead! But still I'm terrified. I even have a reoccurring dream that i'm alone in a cabin in the woods and it's full of the taxidermy animals and they come to life and chase me. But they don't look like real animals... They still look dead. I don't know what to do to get rid of this fear!

It scares the sh*t out of me...
by: Anonymous

Wow so I'm not alone. I am 27 and I've been afaid of of stuffed mammaths, and animals heads in the walls,tv etc since I was 7years old. A 2nd grade trip to see a play but we had to walk thru a history musuen, and all I remember were them all lined up behond glass and they loked so scary and were all staring at me. I screamed and couldnt walk thru without my teacher closing my eyes and guiding me thru. Its bothered me ever since. I cant go anywhere near one, and if I do my eyes are closed and I still pa Last year for my 26 bday my bf had to walk me backwards down the stairs at my party because it was huge buffalo head on the wall goin down the stairs. So sad its embarassing and I hate when im watching tv and it catches me offguard, because remember these are not things for me I come in contact with on a reg.so Idk if ill ever get over this weird phobia.



I'm a phobic.
by: Alex

I have a problem and it's called Taxidermy Phobia. Deer, moose, bear, elk, etc... that have been killed and stuffed scare me more than anything in the world. I cannot be in the same room with any form of taxidermy without being completely paranoid. I can't look at them but once I have, I cannot look away. I feel like I am reliving the animals death and like they're trying to haunt me. I know it sounds a little extreme but it's that bad. I was once forced into Ole's bar and lounge. It's a place that is covered floor to ceiling with different dead animals. It was the worst experience of my life as a phobic. I even spent the entire Jaws ride and Jurassic Park ride at Disney Land screaming because of the oversized life like animals. Statues of large animals also freak me out. I feel silly sometimes being an adult who's afraid of dead animals. But, you can't always control what you fear.

i thought i was crazy
by: Anonymous

im not really scared of anything well i am but no biggey when im 14 and when i was four me and my mom was at my great gradmas house and i wasnt scared of them then i was reaching up to touch it and my mom beat the wall i fell backwards and all i saw was the deerhead looking like it was jumping on the wall then a few years later my brother told his friend i was around 7 and he chased me down and hit me in the leg with it the antler actually went into my leg then when i was 11 i was doing a haunted barn and there was a jungle room and there was a deer head and i wasnt in the room i was being the witch but it was the night before we did the barn thang and we were making sure everything was ready and all i heard was my brother yell hali and when i turned around i saw him running with a deer head in his arms he didnt catch me i was off like a speeding bullet but i was almost having a panic attack and my mom made me go pick it up i dropped it on the ground i couldnt do it but anyways i dont like them at all everybody thinks im crazy but when i see one im okay i wont go around it but if you walk toward me with one in your arms i will have a panic attack its so bad i start to cry which is really bad because im hard to make cry the worst part is my step dad is makin me go hunting this weekened he says it will make me come over my fear i think it will just make it worst

You are not Alone!
by: Anonymous

I was extremely terrified of taxidermy.I could not eat at the restaurants I wanted to eat at because I was so scared.I was scared of elk heads,deer heads,buffalo heads,etc. You name it, I was afraid. The bigger it was the more afraid I was. When I was in the presents of a animal head my stomach would get butterflies and I wanted to crawl on the ground. Most of the time I would run out of the restaurant screaming like a 4 year old. I was afraid of taxidermy every since I was about 3. As I grew older my Parents always told me I would grow out of being afraid of taxidermy but it only got worse. I was cured recently from this strange phobia. I was delivered.You should try it too.

Taxidermy phobia
by: Megan

I'm so happy other people are the same cause I thought I was the only one. When I was little I was playing tag and I ran rite into a huge buffalo head and ever since I shake get goose bumps and spazz. I hate going to restraunts, bass pro shop, and worse of all the shell factory! It's lik a nightmare and I'm shaking even thinking bout this. I so happy I'm not alone.

finally!!!!!!!!
by: Anonymous

ok..it all started when i was 4 and i went to a shell factory, you would think it would be all about shells but no...taxidermy as the eye can see, they even have a separate building for taxidermy! when i stepped in the building my face turned pale, i started shaking and my heart was racing soo hard and i started to sob..my mom was like...it's fine they're just animals but i didn't think they were just animals they were like monsters to me. so ever since my mom or anybody that's with me has to check if there's anything to do with taxidermy in a restaurant or store. they think its ridiculous but it's not to me. but surprisingly I'm not afraid of fish or small animals.I can go in a restaurant with taxidermy only if a person guides me to a table with me looking at the floor and i sit in a spot were i cant see any taxidermy then I'm fine. Im glad im not the only one!!!

OMG I'm not alone or crazy!
by: Amanda

Thank goodness I'm not alone. Ever since I was little I can be in a room or anywhere that has a dead animal on the wall or displayed, I feel so releived that there is a web site about this. Thank you all for sharing your storied they have helped me....Being 22 my sister and family look at me like I'm a nut, but now I can show them that I am not alone!!!

the same startout
by: gabe

when i was young also, i was in a restaraunt and i was scared by a buffalo head, im 14 now, and i was like 3 then, anyways its scared me, eversence i have had a huge fear to dead animals, wich is strange because of how gun ho i am.. andways... so yeah if im with my friends i either have to nut up, or shutup. or just run out screaming like a 5 year old. what is the correct word for this fear? thanks.

I feel yah!
by: Anonymous

I'm a 16 year old boy i cant remember a time that i wasnt afraid of taxidermy anything scared me. i love animals to death and have always been fascinated with them... but i am afraid to go to museums, peoples houses, resaraunts, stores, etc because of this phobia! why doesnt it have a name? im doing a paper on it. haha im so glad im not the only one though!

omg me too
by: Anonymous

as long as i can remember, ive been afraid of taxidermy. i think its because thier dead, and i think its creepy how dead things are ON YOUR WALL! i mean really. my brother has a deer head in his room and i dont even know how he gets to sleep at night. it's a pretty small room, too. the deer is kinda small, but still. i REFUSE to walk past it, or go in there alone. i try to keep it a secret as much as possible, i try to go to bass pro shop and cabellas with my dad, but i usually can't move around that much in there in fear of runing into one im fine with fish and stuff, but a huge moose? no way. and i could never ever go into bugaboo creek. THAT PLACE IS SCARY! who wants a big deer head talking to you while you eat? and i wont go near a wall that has a head on it because i think it will drop on me or something. and i keep on thinking that they will come alive even though i know they wont. i just dont know what to do anymore. my dad and brother are BIGTIME hunters, even right now there's a dead deer hanging in the garage. it's so creepy. i need help to get over this.

serious phobia
by: southern girl

Omg so glad i'm not alone! not sure how/why this started! as a kid i regularly went to a restraunt with a huge steer head over the door. I liked it as a kid! While it now is unpleasant i'm ok as long as i don't stand under it! as far as everything else large small or parts cause full blown panic attacks! im literally frozen with fear! i can't explain it! like pp i have goosebumps thinking bout it and have looked behind me 3 times! i recently moved and i am finding them everywhere- including a large moose in a mexican restruant! glad im not alone!

Not the only one?
by: Anonymous

repeat animal head, animal head over and over to my Mom, them i turn and leave. A few years ago, we went to the zoo, and there is a "cabin" with a big window to see the wolfs out of, and so I went in and was in the middle of the room, when I turned and saw a deer head with HUGE antlers and I collapsed in the middle of the cabin and cryed and toldy dad to get me out IMMEDIATLY (I become very bossy when I am freaked out...). I usually have my family look to make sure that a resturaunt is "clear" before we go in, but I always look places that I am sure they didn't look (where the heads usually hide, like around corners, or above doors. Also, I dig my fingernails into whatever unlucky persons arm/hand I am holding if I see one. I am very glad that I am not the only person with this fear.

Im Terrified Of It Too
by: I'm With You

I'm terrified of taxidermy and always have been and my basic description pretty much fits yours... I'm sorry to tell you all I do is avoid it as much as possible :(. but yes it definetly SHOULD have a name for it.

We seriously need to name this phobia!
by: Cassie

For as long as I can remember I have had a fear of taxidermy.Only one fish when i was little scared me. But hey I was 5 or 6 and it was a freaking huge swordfish at my Dad's mom's house. Antlers for some reason don't bother me. Full bodied bears and cat family animals aren't as bad as long as they are not in my face. Mounted heads or full bodied deer, moose, elk ect scare me into a panick attack. I start to shake and get cold sweats. If they surprise me I run and cry.Anything with with horns, tusks, antlers or mounted heads and I am reduced to a ball of nerves and tears. Does anyone know what this is called or how to get over it reasonably. I will not try and rid my self of this fear by extreme measures(big bass pro shops and such are out).
Im just looking for some help. My boyfriend who I love very much and is my life; love to shoot and hunt. Therefore we go to gun shops alot, i can barely look up from the floor. Even looking at the floor i have anxiety cause i know they are there. WTF?

Glad I'm not the only one!
by: Anonymous

Title...self explanatory. Im afraid of taxidermy. have no clue why. but if i know there are head(s) or full body taxidermy in a restaurant, museum, etc, i don't freak out as easily as i would if i didnt know there was those stuffed animals. like when i go shopping with my friends or family and they want to go into abercrombie and fitch, i know there is a small moose head mounted in there so i don't really freak out, i just stare at it until i walk past it. but i have ruined dinners and vacations and my family just doesnt understand. but i did have this one experience when i was younger. i was going rafting with my girls scout troop for the day and we went to dinner at this place. i did not have the greatest feeling about the place but i went in just so i didn't feel like a loser. right as i was walking in i open the door and there was a humongous moose head on the wall. no one really knew about my phobia so i had to go up to the girl scout leader and embarrassingly tell her i was extremely afraid of them. she understood. thank god. but we didnt leave and they set up a table for us right under the moose head. but i was too afraid to go in. so i thought i was going to eat all alone by myself out side but surprisingly my one friend ate outside with me which was extremely nice! so yeah i have no clue how to get over this phobia.

You too, huh?
by: Anonymous

I have the same issues everyone here has! The worst is at the Field Museum in Chicago; there is a hallway filled with glass cases on EITHER SIDE with full grown black bears (not just heads, full bodies), etc. And there was this area where there are wildebeests on one side and deer or something on the other side, staring towards each other. Those glass cases were very very close together and I remember just completely REFUSING to go through there. I had to go back the other way. I'm 25 and that was two years ago.

My boyfriend tries to help me overcome it and I can deal with big animals if they're in LARGE open spaces but when it gets enclosed, ESPECIALLY if I'm alone, my heart starts pounding and I sweat and I'm just terrified!!

Does anyone else have this also with large things hanging from the ceiling? Not just animals but airplanes, etc? And what about wax museums? I can't go in those either!!

Professional Musician Workin Towards Freedom!
by: SO SCARY

When I was young I could handle all of it, I went to museums, restaurants wherever, im not sure what changed me but i developed a huge phobia. I can totally relate with you all. It may be the lamest phobia to have cause no one can relate, but somehow i was able to work through it, even though i still have my issues! at my worst times i ruined family vacations, dinner parties, outings and more. Parents and friends of people with this phobia i cant stress enough, do not joke about this matter, it is a very serious phobia and even though you don't understand it you really need to work with them and save them the anxiety and stress. If they ask you to check for "heads" do so, and really do check! If we get that eerie feeling that they are in there we 90% of the time right. Anyways I am now a musician I have done a fair share of shows at places filled with taxidermy and I only expect to see more in my line of work, I got over it by realizing it was a crippling fear that could ruin my future. Though I still choke sometimes, and would at all costs rather avoid it, I am better. Start off at a pow-wow somewhere open where they may have pelts and horns ease your way in, or try a big room with a head at the other end, you can do it, a few deep breaths and you'll be fine, also tell yourself its just a head its not gonna harm me, lol unless it falls off the wall by some horrible series of earthquake like events! E-mail me if you need help or support: mistrezofmetal at yahoo.com

I feel so much better!
by: Anonymous

I'm going to sound like everyone else who has posted on this page when I say THANK GOD I'M NOT THE ONLY ONE! I've suffered from this crippiling phobia since I was four years old and was traumatized by a stuffed bear at a lake house. I, too, have to stop and look around before entering any new home, restaurant, store, office, etc... and my heart races profusely. Living in Texas (of all places) is horrible for this phobia, it seems like your house isn't a home unless you shoot & suff something then hang it on your wall. I am ok around fish, birds, and some deer if they are not at eye level, but anything that is exotic or posed in a menacing position lauches me into a sheer panic attack. My friends and family all think I'm ridiculous and say "Oh you're being silly, just ignore them!" or "It's not like they're going to come alive". I'm not stupid, I know they're no going to magically come alive, it's just un-natural and terrifying to me! My fear has even transferred to plush animals. I was in a flower shop and walked into a back room with a large plush tiger in the middle of the flowers, had a panic attack, and ran out of the store. My other most memorable encounter was at an event my company sponsored at the museum. I hadn't been to the Natural Science museum since childhood, so I forgot about the different exhibits they had. We sponsored a formal event where we invited large name clients from oil and gas comapnies. To my sheer terror, they had our assigned table placed in the center of the "Hall of Africa". This exhibit had every kind of animal you can imagine posed in life-like killing scenes, some hiding behind trees, IN trees, some with other animals in their mouth, it was horrible! My co-workers thought it was funny... I though I was going to die. I had to cover my eyes and have someone guide me through the "Hall", and once I sat down at the table I couldn't move or talk and was as white as a sheet. It was one of the worst expereinces in my adult life. If anyone has any ideas on HOW to get over this phobia or even what it's called, please post it!! Desensitization by repeat exposure obviously does not work for me, I'm thinking of trying hypnosis. If it works I'll be sure to update my post!

Thank goodness it isn't just me
by: SJ

Reading this made me feel so much better. I live in England, and as mentioned above, it's a problem as soon as you go anywhere old or that's been made to look old.
When I was 5 I was taken to Sandringham, the queen's country house, on a school trip. The teachers led us into the trophy room and I went CRAZY. I was a really quiet child so they knew that something was wrong. I felt the same feeling I get now - cold, shaky, pale, sweaty, totally panicked, and like I have to get away, or be somewhere outside or where there are a lot of people. I also have this thing, where I have to look behind me - like some stuffed animal will have suddenly appeared behind me. I know it hasn't but I just have to check. I just looked at the wall behind me as I typed that even, as I'm thinking about them and it's scaring me!
I can just about be in a room with a case of birds or fish, or something small like a squirrel, but anything else and I am useless. I will be so on edge that I can't really keep up a conversation, and I have to stare at whatever the stuffed thing is constantly to make sure it's not moved. And the more I stare, the more frightened I am. How utterly ridiculous is that?!?!
It seems like such an odd thing to be freaked out by, but it can be pretty embarrassing. I've been out for drinks with clients and been completely wrong-footed by a deer-head over a fireplace. Wishing your mum was there to hold your hand at the age of 30 makes you feel pretty stupid.
I also went to Africa once and ended up not going to the bathroom in a certain country club despite being desperate, as the door was next to a poor, mangy, motheaten lion.
I've always wanted to travel in the States too - sorry Wyoming, I'm afraid you just got crossed off the list :-(

Thought I was loosing my mind.
by: Anonymous

Ever since I went into a family friends home when I was a little girl Ive had this issue. There walls were covered and they had "family settings" of the mommy, daddy, and baby dear (there entire bodies set up like there walkin throught the woods). Entire bears, skins with heads. Just as Im typing this and thinking about it I have goosebumps.

I can be in the same room with one, but I do not function like a normal human being around them. My skin craws and I get lightheaded.

I was recently houseshopping and it took me a good 5 minutes to get the courage to walk under a huge elk head in someones home.... I ended up springting across there kitchen to get it over with.

I have nightmares of rooms full of Animal heads that are alive and moving... regularly.

I wish someone would really study this phobia... I feel like Im taking crazy pills.

It does feel good to know that there are other people like us out there.

I tried finding the facebook group but could not... any advice?

Thank you all and good luck to you all!

Unfamiliar...
by: Anna T

I'm not sure I fully have a real fear of this yet, but I wished I did, so I can have a valid excuse to never go near them. if I have it, then I have had it for three days. There was this bear in this cabin we just got back from, it was only knee-high, but it was very old and the glue that held the tongue in had dried out, so it rattled around inside it's mouth, which I got freaked out about a lot. Since I have never had an issue with it before, my dad thought it would be funny to take the tongue out and hide it in my bed. He was wrong. The second I saw it, I ran up to my parents room, screaming and sobbing, and my heart was racing out of my chest. I was wondering if this is a panic attack and if this is a traumatic experience? I'm really confused. But as far as things that bother me go, fish and small animals are fine, as long as they have there eyes closed. Dear heads and things with their eyes open make me extremely uncomforatable. And any sort of limb, feet, tounge, etc, also freak me out. And whenever I think about taxedermy when I'm eating, my throat closes up and I gag and want to throw up when I try to swallow.

Wow. I am not alone
by: Jodi

So explaining to anyone that you are afraid of stuffed animal heads is embarrasing. Something happened when I was young to make but that memory is blocked out. My Dad used to take me to a store named Allieds & he would lift me up to pet the heads. The next thing I know I am terrified of them. I went with my family when I was young to a Pioneer Village of sorts & this room had 100's of heads on the walls. I remember looking straight at a glass cabinet so I didnt have to look up & see the heads but something in me made me turn around & there were 3 giant buffalo heads right there & I peed my pants. As I have gotten older I seem to be able to deal with this phobia better. My husband, who is awesome will always do a "head sweep" for me whenever we got into a potentially "head zone" restaurant or store. As long as I am not close to them & they do not suprise me, I can deal with them. I am now 43 years old & the thoughts of being suprised by a large head of some sorts makes me afraid of having a heart attack. The full bodied animals do not seem to bother me that much but if I get too close to those or stare just at the head, it freaks me out. I honestly thought I was the only one in this world that had this fear!!!! Good to know that there are others out there.

I'm not weird i'm just afraid of antlers
by: Fran

It is soo wonderful to know i'm finally not alone. I have had a crippling fear of antler since i was a tiny child, i think i'm probably ok with all non-deer or moose taxidermy. Living in England it is quite hard as part of our traditions is to visit stately homes (and Pubs ;) and they're always there. My family understand it's hard for me but it still annoys them. All my friends think i'm weird when i sometimes refuse to go on school trips where i might find them. America was a big shock, they were everywhere. So I have to always look over my shoulder wherever i go 8'(

Wow I am glad to know I am not alone...
by: Becca

This is where late night random googling has found me... I am terrified of taxidermy. I can handle one deer head if it is not very big and not at eye level, small fish, animals, bird, and bones, but anything else is awful.
I have my friends check out places for me prior to entering, its so ridiculous, however I cant help it. If I encounter taxidermy that I am unaware of I have a panic attack, I cry, my heart races and I shake.
I am artist and I enjoy painting on skulls and I often wonder if I attempted to do taxidermy myself with bright colored fur it may aleviate my fear...
Has anyone tried a hypnotist? I was once told by a hypnotist that he could help me. It might be worth a shot. I am girl who loves the outdoors and wants to explore the yellowstone area...
Thank you everyone who has shared their similar fear.

They really bother me!
by: Anonymous

I'm 13 years old, and I'm afraid of things like this, too. I have been for a few years. My grandmother has a camp, with two deer heads in it, i can't look at them, and I always have to run past them. I can deal with things like fish, or any kind of small things, but the big ones, esp. moose and deer scare me beyond repair. I never really knew what it was, until today when I looked it up. It feels good to know that other people are afraid of them, too. And not just me. I never really gave had any bad experiences with them, they just make me feel insecure.

-Thanks!

this sucks
by: Anonymous

My parents took me to a restaurant when I was 2 years old and that was the first time they noticed it. There were plastic fish on the wall. Every since then, it has been on! I have panic attacks, I feel like they are all over me and I just got to get away. My face turns white and I start sweating profusely. I start to cry and breathe heavily. My family and friends think I am ridiculous. My sister wants me to go to Dr. Phil and be cured! Wish it was that simple! This fear has stopped me from doing so many things. Field trips when I was in school, going on dates, going out with friends, vacations, etc. I am now 37 years old and I send my children into a new place before me to "check it out". Ironically they are the only ones that support me with this! I wish I could snap my fingers and make this phobia disappear!

Used to have it really bad...
by: Anonymous

Some of my earliest memories are of me freaking out about mounted animal heads. I used to cry whenever my parents took me into restaurants that had them.

I would always have to sit facing away from them or I could not eat. It did not help that I just so happen to live in the deep south, where taxidermy is common.

I'm fifteen years old now, and they don't bother me all that badly anymore, but there's this one restaurant my family goes to often, and there is a mounted deer head on the wall.

I hate sitting where I can see it because I feel like it's watching me eat. It's only the disembodied heads that have ever bothered me, though. Full-bodied stuffed animals have never affected me.

I thought I was the only person with this phobia!
by: Wawas Mama

When I was about 3 yrs old, my mother and grandmother took me to a natural history museum. The last exhibit, among many different genres, was that of a pioneer family. Apparently, when you tripped an infrared light, the dog next to the wagon was lunged toward the glass with a bark. After that, I haven't been able to handle taxidermied animals. I love museums and antique stores, but the fear of "running into" an animal or mounted head is terrifying. The San Antonio, Texas, Buckhorn Museum is my nightmare! Glad to know there are other weirdos out there. : )
Anyone know what this phobia is called?

so glad this isnt just me
by: nastynaz

the earliest memory i have of this fear was when i was 3 or 4 on a trip to disney land and being made to stand next to some sort of fake shark?! although it was plastic i just hated it (my phobia is of all 'un real' animals) it made me feel tense and i wanted to get away from it although i would probably jump into the sea with a shark because real animals do not bother me.
my family are country folk who do alot of shooting and i remember visiting a friends house and discovering a moose head in the garage it was huge and i wouldnt even walk near the garage after discovering it. also on an art trip to some public gardens at school many years ago we went for a wonder and discovered a room full of various animal heads and also a taxidermy white tiger. my god when i realised what this room was for i was gone. everytime i see a taxidermy animal or a fake animal in person i dont feel right for weeks. even though i am so terrified of these things i cant help but look at pictures of them on the internet. i am determined to visit the natural history museum but why? when i would have to leave straight away.
i also suffer from a phobia of rubber which i have had phobia therepy for (didnt help, still scared) and of course a phobia of spiders.

I too thought I was alone
by: Anonymous

I checked the list of "official phobias" and saw nothing that applied to my fear of taxidermy. I don't know what caused it but it has been with me since I was very young. I am 60 years old and know better but am still extremely uncomfortable and always anxious when I go to a new place (home, store, restaurant) because I have been surprised too many times by a "head" where you would never expect! I am married to a hunter and he has two deer heads in his work room in the garage. I will not go close to them and they are not welcome in the house. He has many antlers but they do not bother me. Also birds, fish and small animals do not bother me. I have come a long way since we first married 40 years ago but the fear still interferes with our choice of vacations. I would love go to Wyoming, Yellowstone etc but I know what I'll be facing. My hubby is very supportive. I do go to Cabela's with him and it has helped my deal with the fear.

I thought I was the only one
by: Liz

It's great to know that I'm not the only one with this phobia. I get made fun of all the time. It sucks not being able to go into those delicious steak houses because I know there's stuffed heads in there. I did it once. I ran out of there like it was no ones business! ha. I ran into a wall trying to exit a home office because I saw the deer head on mounted on the wall. I mean I think its funny afterwards. At the time I didnt think so all I thought "I need to hurry and get the hell outta here!" I'm not sure how I got this fear but I've had it for a while now and I'm 24. I ran into the wall when I was 23. I'm also terrified of birds. I know how I got that fear though. Hmm

I'm glad im not alone
by: Alyssa

I thought i was the only one with this phobia!!! It really does suck :[

Taxidermy
by: Lana

I was Three when I saw my first Moose. I am 48 now. Then my brother took me in a sport store and I ran into the street. It was so hard for my mom and dad to take me anywhere. I made such a spectacle of myself. Now I just look around so that I don't get surprised. I sit where I can't see them.

My son, brother, son-in-law are hunters, and they mount things. They think it's funny. I have been in restaurants where I have had to hold a menu up not to see. I know they are dead. I don't even like the antlers. My son-in-law chased me with antlers in the yard and I had to go in and change my clothes. They think it's histerical. It's a real fear, I can't explain the feeling of nervousness it causes. I am glad there are others out there.

You're Not Alone
by: Denise

I was frightened by a deer head at age 4 and the fear is still there. I can control it somewhat with constant exposure and knowing where the location of a taxidermy head is when I enter a room. We do have a Facebook group for "Taxidermphobia"...we gave it a name even tho nothing is official

finally! i've found someone else w/ my phobia!
by: Anonymous

i've had it for as long as i can remember. furry animals more than fish or birds, but they all give me the creeps.
i'm interested in finding a group, if there's that many of us around.

taxidermy
by: Kenzie

wow, i thought i was the only person with a taxidermy phobia! sweet! lol.
no but when i was little my dad used to take me out to bass pro everyday, and i didn't have a problem with it then, and then im not even sure what happened, but you should see me today!
when i know, or even think theres going to be taxidermy in a restraunt or home, i start crying and i shake horribly. when i see an animal head or whatnot, im crying and my muscles get really tense and i barely walk. like in stores at the mall i either don't go in, or my friends have to shield my eyes and run me past it. actually, here recently, for my best friends party we went to a restraunt which wasn't supposed to have taxidermy (they didn't think) and you know how you can just tell on some restraunts, and you know their in therer. ya well there was about 5 animal heads, and i was crying so hard and all my friends DRAGGED me through the restraunt with menus in front of my face and they said people were staring at my, cause i was like flipping out.
anyways . . . ya that's my story.
im sorry for anyone else who has this phobia lol.
it SERIOUSLY sucks!!

I hate taxidermi
by: Lauren

I have always been afraid of taxidermy since a young age. I dont know what it was that originally scared me but nowadays, I really hate taxidermy. I know they arent goind to jump out at me and eat me but its just really scary.

I only eat at certain restaraunts and living in kansas, I hear a lot about Cabella's. I hate hunting now because it eventually has something to do with taxidermy. I am only okay with antlers and fish, but other than that, I cannot be near any type of fish, deer, moose, buffalo, big cat, elk, bear, or exotic animal.

My friends make fun of me but I just have to bear it. its really sad and I know I limit my life but i just live my life.

im still scared
by: allison

i wish i could do that. here i thought i was the only person who was scared. i had a tramatic experience where a mountain lion fell next to me when i was young and ever since i freak out. i have severe panic attacks and my friends just think im being stupid. it is serious. i have ended up in the hospital so many times. i know they can't hurt me and they aren't going to charge out of the wall but i still find myself freaked out. i live in wyoming. they are in almost every resturant and homes.

feel free to email me
bubblypoop at hotmail.com

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