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Peroxode or Boil this Mummy? Answered

Hi, I found a mummified small animal (possum, little dog, raccoon) under a friend's house, when doing plumbing repairs. It is all there except maybe the feet. I cant really tell, because he is kinda twisted around, and I have not touched him yet. There is some skin, no fur - he is so dry that the live animals arent even iterested in smelling him. I would like to clean and maybe try to articulate him; if too many bones are missing I will just keep his skull. My question is - what is the best way to remove the dry skin? Instructions I have read are all about fresh skin. Should I boil him or just soak him in peroxide to remove his skin? Thank you!


Do you have any large ant mounds near your house? If you can set this atop an ant mound (preferably fire ants) and protect it from other animals (perhaps by wrapping with chicken-wire or placing a weighted bucket over it), the ants and bacteria should clean it off quite nicely and without damage. To moisten it, soak it in water overnight, perhaps adding a bit of baking soda (many bacteria prefer less acid conditions) and sugar (to make it more attractive to the ants). You may need to re-moisten it now and then if it does not rain regularly in your area.

What I did was to get a clean five gallon bucket, fill it with water, and put it as far away from my house as possible to let the bacteria eat all the flesh. It's called maceration, and it stinks to high heavens. You'll end up with meatless bones. Use a white bucket, just to be sure you don't get color leeching into the bones, and you can hit it with peroxide later to whiten.
http://www.skullsite.com/misc/macerationmanual.htm has a couple different ways of macerating. I just left my mummified fox out for a summer and bought a strainer from the thrift store. Strained the bucket contents, picked out the bones, and used some peroxide to brighten things up.
Oh, and if you've got animals like dogs or raccoons in the area, hang the bucket from a tree branch to keep them out.