BOSTON: Chloe Lee, a 23-year-old woman, performed taxidermy surgery on her beloved cat of 16 years after her death in 2020 to help her cope with the grieving process.
according to SunLee learned taxidermy to protect a furry friend he acquired when he was six years old. she says:
“She was shy and timid in public, but around me she was affectionate and supportive.
Lee said over the years, Nicki has been a constant in her life. “She lay on my chest and shoulders. She liked to curl up on my bed.”
In 2020, Nikki faces the death of old age, and her death is a reason for amateur taxidermist Chloe to learn taxidermy.
She taught herself taxidermy from books and YouTube videos before delving into specialized courses.
“I knew that the comfort I got from having her on my lap would continue after she passed away.
“I spent 50 hours processing her body. It healed my grief.”
A curled up Nicky is so lifelike that relatives often give the illusion that she is alive.
They are surprised when they find out that she is not.
“My Nicki will be with me forever. I hope I can gift it to others.”