28 June 2017


2022 EDIT

Are you interested in preserving small, found specimens?

This post was originally created back in 2017 and since then I have received countless emails and comments asking for more information and further instruction. Due to popular demand, I have decided to sell an e-book dedicated to natural mummification. Please note that I have hidden all per-existing comments in order to make sure those who buy the e-book get the full value.

You can find my Natural Mummification for Small Specimens e-book here.

Now back to the original post . . .

About a year ago Megan found an evening bat in the museum we work at. The little creature appeared to have died of natural causes and she made the right decision in putting the bat aside for me to get later. The moment she told me about it I started researching a natural way to mummify specimens.

To my surprise, it was pretty easy. All it entailed was borax, pickling salt and some knowledge (and maybe a strong stomach). Being the document-er that I am, I wanted to share the information here, for my records. And who knows, maybe it will help some of you out there who are wanting to do the same thing! Please keep in mind that this works with smaller specimens and the actual mummification time could take longer for larger ones.

Luna, My Little Evening Bat

As you can see, the natural mummification process I used did an excellent job at preserving her. The fur is still soft and pretty and if you look close enough in the first photo you can see her little fangs. This is something that I am very proud of and thoroughly impressed with how it turned out. Especially for my first time.