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Taxidermy fear? 

I received this letter the other day from someone with an extreme phobia of taxidermy. Does anyone else run from taxidermy? I would run from this guy.  But in all seriousness, any advice for Amelia?

"Hello, my name is Amelia, I am 18 years old. I go to Emmanuel College in Boston. I wanted to talk to you about my extreme fear of taxidermy. I was wondering if you have ever heard of this? It seems a lot of people contact you with feelings of taxidermy, positive or negative. When I see taxidermy I get severe panic attacks. I have no idea why. It started when I was 4 and I don't remember a point in my life when I wasn't scared of taxidermy. Its lead to extreme paranoia, I wont go near any "steak house" or western themed places. And I have missed out on school field trips all of my life due to this fear. I was wondering if you have heard of other people who have this fear? And if you knew anyone who has gotten over this."

Reader Comments (8)

Let her know that she is not alone!
I was the only person I knew for my many years (and many miles traveled) with this crippling fear.
I finally found others (and your website, eventually--) on a Facebook group called 'taxidermiphobia.'
I recommend she checks it out.

I'm not trying to actively rid myself of my fear, but others there are.
I just like to know there are others of us out there.

Still avoiding my coworker's office with the comical deer butts,
March 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVal
you are definitely not alone, girl! there's even a facebook page for taxidermiphobia.

join us!
April 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKate
I have been extremely afraid of taxidermy for my whole life (birds and fish don't bother me). I have never met anyone in my 44 years of life with this same phobia. I thought I was the only one. I have a panic attack every time I know I have to go some where I have never been before. My husband and 3 children (who are now adults) know how to scope out a place before I enter it.
July 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAngie
I suffer from the same fear. If I'm somewhere that might have taxidermy I always have someone scope it out for me. I'm not sure when this developed, but it has been as long as I can remember. Like Angie birds and fish don't bother me, but if I see any other animal I panic. I've been known to start crying even. Usually I just jump and panic though. I am glad that there are others out there like me.
January 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAidan
I can't believe there are at least four other people who have this extreme fear! Birds and fish don't bother me either, but basically every other animal does. I have had this fear for as long as I can remember. I am going to check out the Facebook page because I have never known anyone else who has had this phobia. Whenever I go to a new restaurant or bar, I enter the place slowly and with caution. If the place has taxidermy, I must stay as far away as possible from it. Usually if I am caught off guard or overwhelmed I will hide, cry, or panic. I don't understand where this came from, but I would like to be rid of my fear. However, I am very frightened of facing my fear.
May 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJenni
I'm so glad to know I'm not alone in my fear! I've had this fear for as long as I can remember. Strange thing is, I'm fine with wet specimens and bones, just nothing that's stuffed and covered in fur.
August 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKels
I am exactly the same. I have made a few scenes having a panic attack. Twice walking into place I have been before that added mounted animals to the decor. I pushed people out the way, could not get out fast enough. I am also fine with birds and fish but fur and eyes not good. Has stopped me from doing a lot of things in fear I may make a scene. I can get used to one deer head but the next one I see I panic.
September 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHolly
Its really seeming dangerous. Its teeth are killer. http://goo.gl/RNMr2L
October 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

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