I recently joined Raffles Museum Toddycats. And I volunteered to help out in the organisation of this year’s International Coastal Cleanup Singapore (ICCS), since I’ve got a gap year and there is not other better time to do this than now(:
Today was the first ICCS meeting, and I met the Toddycats (some only) for the first time. (Mr) Siva was there, naturally, as was Andy, Kah Ming, Kai Scene, Oi Yee and Wei Siong.
Oi Yee started off telling us about some of the taxidermist work she did, and it was really really interesting. Taxidermist work is so cool and fascinating, but intricate and tedious! They have to skin the mammals carefully, treat the skin with arsenic soap and I can’t remember what else to keep it preserved and soft. And with the rest of the body, they arrange it in the position they want, then use plaster of paris to make a negative mold before using some kind of material (I can’t remember the name :/) to make the cast. Then use tow and straw to fit the shape properly and put the skin back over the cast. To keep it brief. And for birds and reptiles and fish, it’s even more tedious. Such hard work really, but fascinating.
Finally got round to the meeting proper after the digression, and it was interesting learning how Siva runs ICCS and how things work. As well as how to be more tech-savvy. And entertaining stories about previous ICCS operations.
And despite being a complete newbie, I am now Zone Captain of Changi. Much work to be done! So exciting (: