Picture of Duck Mouse
Captured on video: a duck-footed mouse, created through the wonders of taxidermy. This is an advanced project; see mouse taxidermy for the basics and Conjoined Twin Mice and LED Throwie Rat for other advanced projects.

Warning: this Instructable contains taxidermy, chimeras, and humor. View at your own risk.

We've come up with two edits of the Duck Mouse video: first, a short guts-free trailer to pique your interest, then a more complete view of all the taxidermy action.

Duck Mouse Trailer
The shorter guts-free version:

Duck Mouse Full Release
The longer version, including a bit of dissection:

Remove these adsRemove these ads by Signing Up

Step 1: Obtain and dry duck feet

Picture of Obtain and dry duck feet
Find yourself some fresh duck feet.

If you or your friends hunt or raise ducks, you're all set. Otherwise you could visit your local asian grocery, butcher shop, or live poultry source and ask for the leftovers. These feet came from a green-winged teal I shot myself. I ate the rest of the bird (VERY good) and saved the wings in my chest freezer for a future project.

Cut the feet off just at the bottom of the feathers, and wash them in nice soapy water. The webbed feet will fold up if you let them, so spread out the webbing and pin them on a piece of cardboard to dry. You'll need two pins to keep the toes spread, and a couple of pins to prop the leg in an upright position. Try to make as few holes in the feet as possible.

I left mine on the mantel to dry, and just forgot about them for a couple of days. If you're in an excessively humid area, it may be necessary to put them in an oven set to "keep warm" to dry them out. They'll be stiff and a bit crispy when dry, so handle gently.

Step 2: Prepare mouse skin

Picture of Prepare mouse skin
Clean and prepare a mouse skin as described in the basic mouse taxidermy Instructable.

We'll be processing the forelegs as normal, but don't bother cleaning off the hind legs- they'll eventually be cut out and replaced with duck feet. Leave them in as place holders for now.
1-40 of 204Next »
It's quite interesting that the mouse appears to be smiling.
Disturbing but very funny. Great ible!
kuehjo2 years ago
Personally I found the video EXTREMELEY well done, entertaining (for what it is), and the final product adorable and respectful in a way that that mouse NEVER would have gotten when it was alive. If you're against this kind of stuff, why are you watching? I would be willing to bet dollars to donuts that 99% of the naysayers would have scooped the dead mouse out of the pool (with the net, you know - too squeamish to TOUCH a dead, drowned mouse) and promptly dumped said dead mouse into the trash can. Seriously. Who among you would ACTUALLY have fed a drowned mouse to your cat? REALLY?????? Where's the people crying "cat cruelty!!" How long do you think that thing was dead anyways? Or dug a grave?? "Oh - lets have a funeral service for the drowned mouse!" Do you stop and bury roadkill too? Good grief people... If you don't like it, don't do it. Do we need to sermonize? (and now I'm probably just as bad...)
sweetkits6 years ago
this is not funny at all,nothing to laugh about
ilpug sweetkits3 years ago
well im laughing
ur right its not funny

its hillarious
ARE you kiwi it seems sicuh a kiwi thing to do
I could only hope and pray that someone does something as funny as this with my body after I'm dead.
man... i hope they give my body to the guy that said he would give people kangaroo legs... lmao
for real? I remember jackass went to one and asked if their grandma could be stuffed
I dunno. I think it would be pretty cool, actually... i said it as a joke first, though.
Lei_Kei3 years ago
I really like this idea, but will the hands and tail rot, or is Borax enough to perserve it?
slithien4 years ago
lol borax... i always laugh when i hear that word. this is sort of mean to the mouse... how would you like to walk around heaven with emu legs???
This rat is dead and thus, is no longer concerned with walking.
Yes i no , BUT what if there realy is a afterlife? The rat would be laughed at and wouldnt rest in peace.
Do mice go to Heaven I mean you dont see them in churches or anything. The animal is dead if you bought it from the reptile shop it was killed to feed a pet snake that isnt a great lifetime ambition I would rather be turned into a piece of art than have had my entire life's purpose as a snake food.
finton rat_man3 years ago
You've never heard the expression "Quiet as a church-mouse"? : ]

If there's food (perhaps the communion wafers?), warmth and a dry hideout, mice would live there as well as any other home, I'd guess. As for them going to Heaven: far as I know there's never been a mouse Jesus, and I assume that like humans, mice can't get to Heaven just by being good.

Personally I'd rather be cremated (I'm a bit concerned about that coming-to-in-the-coffin-underground thing) and scattered over my vege garden; that way the guests at my first deathday anniversary party catered for by my wife could all say "there's a little of him in each of us"...
mhall8 rat_man3 years ago
Obviously you've never been to a Christian university around Homecoming. Every year someone would release mice in the chapel, so yes, you do see mice in church. :)
rat_man mhall83 years ago
this then begs the question do they listen and accept god into their life? Oh I could go on about the philosophical ins and outs of the religion of mice but I would much rather preform taxidermy :)
Grim but cool
triumphman3 years ago
see the mouse crispies "jalapeno chili popper" instructable, its where the mouses are. Or were...
Dr Qui3 years ago

I love the gimpy expression the mouse has, intentional or just luck?

I bet the mouse's last though as it fell in you pool was "I wish i had duck feet"

Needs a shield, helmet and sword.

tictaclad3 years ago
I have a couple of questions for all the people who are leaving comments talking about how wrong this is. 1. what do you want me to do with the mouse i found dead, drowned in my pool and the duck i hunted and ATE this season? and 2, which i'm more curious about, why are you even looking at this instructable if you are so against this??
al.ex4 years ago
this is sick...
This is the second how to I've seen that involves degrading a dead animal. I'm no hipy but don't do that(#_#) (;
Oh, then I guess I'll just toss out this skin and let it go to waste. The Native Americans are a wise people. They used every part of a buffalo. Couldn't they just as easily made a fake mustache or some other comical prop out of the skin of a buffalo? Plus, on a more related not, even if the mouse somehow felt shame or embarrassment in life, it feels nothing in death. Once I die, I could have someone stuff my body and replace the lower half with goat legs and put little horns on the forehead, and I wouldn't care because I wouldn't be there to see/feel anything about it. Just like I wouldn't care if a hobo covered in his own feces violated my dead body. People could tape it and post it on the internet and I wouldn't be embarrassed in the least, so get over it! Left in the wild, it would have been consumed by another animal. Like this, it has become a godly creature normally seen only in dreams and Saturday morning cartoons!
I forgot to say otherwise it is kinda morbidly cute.....I just hope you use the insides of that mouse for bait or give it to your cat or something. If nothing else put it back in the wild so other animals could benefit from it. That all I'm saying.
Do you keep all of your little creatures? Did you use the innards of this mouse? I get what you are saying but it isn't really valid unless you use all of the animal that you can. I can't say I am necessarily a fan of the practice but I think the real issue for me anyhow is the whether or not you are doing it in an effort to use otherwise discarded waste or if it is just for the sake of making funny little creatures.
Dude, your Capslock is on.
That's a very good point, this looks funny but it sorta demoralizes the animal.
so... it's going to hurt their feelings?
I said demoralizes, I didn't say anything about their feelings. Hey, I don't wan get into an argument because it will go nowhere, so let's just leave it at that.
Screamo4 years ago
Poor mouse, give it its real legs back!
robotman34 years ago
that is beast!
mihai2mn5 years ago
 sooooo cool and the music makes it so much better. taxidermy FTW
guerrilla5 years ago
 How does this only have 3 stars?  Greatest instructable ever!
1-40 of 204Next »