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This is the coyote that was found as roadkill a couple nights ago. I thought it'd be an interesting (albeit rather graphic ^^;) comparison of what the animal's muscular structure looks like beneath the fur.

Her chin looks funny in the lower picture since it still has the skin and fur left on it since I'll be preparing the pelt as a rug cut (split) rather than a case skinned pelt.

And yes, those are leaves and bits of grass stuck all over her poor body. Yes, they really bothered me. And after five hours of sitting out on the cold, hard ground, no, I didn't sit down and pick all the little annoying leaves and shreds of grass off from her before I took the picture. I'm sorry, girl. x.x

A picture of the skinning process can be seen here: [link]

Disclaimer: I did not kill this animal! It was found already dead on the side of the road where it would have simply rotted away to nothing. If you do not like what you see, don't look at it! Also, don't bother wasting your time leaving rude or pointless comments here, they will be ignored.
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Taigas-den Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
whoa... that is really fascinating! Albeit sad, but really frickin cool! I learned a lot by skinning a roadkill snake (which is now in a maceration process...:D*
Akatix Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful. Well done finding one in such a good condition too! You've got a lot of talent to have not marred any part of the muscle or anything! Even all the little ligaments and tendons are left. Really a great view of whats under the fur :) well done!
dessus Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
this is really nice wow a+
HaloneWolf Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012
I love taxidermy but ewwwww :) still great job thought
I feel sick...
Nostalgic90s Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
I was horrified when I opened this window, but after reading the description, I saw what kindness and respect you showed to her, and I really appreciate that- bless you. :)
AWolfToHerMoon Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I was almost really angry with this because I normally hate pelting and such, but you spoke such respect toward the Coyote, even called her as a she than an it, that I decided to find this extremely fascinating rather than appalling, ahah. I'm actually kinda jealous of the bone collecting, I have an obsession with skeletons, particularly canine. I could NEVER skin something, but wow, this really is truly amazing. Rest in peace, beautiful girl. ):
SinnedWolf Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Poor girl was a beauty, shame she had to go so soon. :<
Dracini Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very interesting!
Its very nice to see all the jaw structure (bones and muscles really) In full view for once~
Happy I found this c:
ShadowkitX3 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh god o.0 I think I'm going to be sick for the rest of my life
valachhim Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Interesting to see this animal without fur (:
XxFlamechibicatxX Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
That's sick.. 0.o
hikahika42 Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
This coyote seems to be in wonderful condition based on the picture, in the lower one it looks as if the only injuries are a few broken ribs. You do not see that very often in road kill. Anyways, this is a very helpful refferance for the anatomy.
HALL0WED-GR0UND Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
awww pour coyote and i repect all this
Grayscale-Chesh Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012
Magnificent use of something that would have just rotted on the side of the road. It takes a true scientific mind to take something sad/yucky and decide to look at it from a different point of view and study it.
BurdelKing Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
you are sick
MIZZKIE Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, I can't believe that coyote is roadkill! She's so beautiful and (judging only from this deviation) without any bruises!

Thanks for the reference. It was interesting.
LOL @ super-skinny tail.
Millenier Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Student General Artist
She was a nice one. Already had that thick winter coat. Nice find and nice recycle.
Eszra01 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Poor baby. I know coyotes can be problems but she was so beautiful I hope she didn't have any pups. Even though this is discusting to look at for me since I'm a die hard animal lover.
PurpleRage Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011  Student Digital Artist
That's amazing.
SailorSun546 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Poor baby..... This is really interesting though, I've never seen real muscle before! It's incredible how different and how much smaller she looks without her beautiful fur. I'm impressed that her body is in suck good condition for being roadkill. Do you know what her injuries were? (for all I know the other side of her could look awful)

Thanks for the reference, I'm glad her poor body was put to educational use. R.I.P girlie....
FossilFeather Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011
The other side of the body looked about the same as the one that shows in this photo. The only damage that I could find was a small rub on one side of her face and some bruising where her neck merged into her body. This makes me guess that her head is what got clipped by the car and (though light) that was enough of an impact to kill her.
SailorSun546 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Makes sense. I found a rabbit like that once. :(
KioneTheWolf Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sad, but nice recycling, brownie points for you there... lol!
Ukulelele Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011
This is actually helpful (while a tad bit disturbing). Thanks for the picture.
Doing this seems like a huge pain. And it seems like you'd need a shitton of patience, ahaha.
Canis-ferox Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Student General Artist
Wow, thanks so much for posting this! Of course it's sad that the coyote died but it seems you were able to make so much use out of natural beauty that would otherwise have rotted. And it looks like you've done a pretty good job skinning it too, without damaging the muscles too badly. Do you have any other pictures, of different angles and whatnot? This is excellent art reference~
Sandstormwulf Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like how u used it well! im sure that the coyote wouldve been happy for you to actually use his body, instead of just being a lump of fur on the side of the road! i probably wounldnt have skinned it, (but, its not like i shake my head at you) but i wouldve probably buried it, like i did with a Roadkill cat once! HEs Prbably proud to have been usefull Physicly!
Fatal-Crescent Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
She's truely gorgeous.
A little more plump than the coyotes I see in my area, so I think she died happy. Course that's my wishful thinking. x3;

I've actually never seen an image like this, (probably cause I don't look them up.... Ever) so immediately I was drawn to it/fav'd it.
I need to give you kudos for sounding respectful of her as well.
My uncle hunts and he's always talking about how, "it's just a dumb animal." And it gets my blood boiling.
cutiefox101 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011
thats sad D:
lightning-kitteh Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011
i could NEVER do that, even though its dead! ; ;
WolfPaws123 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I had my deviations on full-size, and then I hit the "contains mature content" button, and I just saw the coyote dead. I thought "This doesn't contain mature content! There isn't even any gore or-" then I scrolled down to comment....
FossilFeather Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011
Lol... hope it wasn't too much of a shocker. ^^;
WolfPaws123 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011  Student Digital Artist
MukArt Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
ive seen a few of these anatomy studies where they remove the fur or feathers from the animal around da. i love em cuz i feel it really helps me to see what the muscle looks like with out the fur! thanks for posting it. its sad when they het hit by the cars :( but still helpful to see.
DeadDudeWalking Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011  Student General Artist
Confronting but very interesting!
Teaeria Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Wow she was a beautiful coyote :( Its so sad she got hit by a car </3
Pruflas Featured By Owner May 29, 2011
Quite a find :o Sad about the leaves, however :<
GlassSnake Featured By Owner May 12, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, excellent skinning job!! It took me a few years to get good at it from hunting, but it never looks clean enough. I'm impressed. Really! I own a coyote pelt of my own as well, but ours was sadly a male, shot because he was massacring the chickens at a friends house. u.u; Felt bad that we had to shoot it, but at least we had city law to do so since the farm was used for egg harvesting. -le shrug-
TwistedAlyx Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
It looks like you're checking its pulse in the first picture.
frigidbloodalchemist Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
I adore animals and find it extremley cruel to kill for the sake of art , sport, fashion, or anything likewise.

however, if the animal died naturally or was killed for other purposes and would otherwise rott away, I see no problem with taxidermy . infact it kind of intrests me,I dont see the big deal with it if the animal was already dead XD

She was a very pretty animal here, you certainly have skill in this, Ive seen animals skinned before that have ended up quite messy but she looks perfectly preserved without fur in the bottom picture.

this is quite helpful anatomy wise too ^^
kijonaia Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011  Student Digital Artist
It doesn't look like a roadkill. It's not at all flattened or even looks at all scathed.
ghostwolfen Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Animals can get hit in the head with causing little damage on the outside but can then die quickly due to internal bleeding. If the car swiped the coyote on the site of the head the pressure alone could have been enough to kill it.
Windego Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So how did the pelt turn out? Coyote's have a natural musk that's very hard to get rid of. Also, with deer I've noticed that road kill mounts tend to loose the fur in the area in which they were struck.
FossilFeather Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
She turned out really well! You can see her here: [link] And I used a degreaser/deodorizer to get the smell out. :)
iLostTehGame Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011
Awwww poor puppy QnQ

But this is a very amazing thing. I appreciate you sharing this. It's amazing how complex and harmonizing the body is.
FurryFoxFur Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
hmmmm... tasty. But truly i am a vegetarian that is interested in taxidermy. yes i dont eat meat but i do like taxidermy... :)
FossilFeather Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011
Nice mix there. Good to meet another person whose personality contradicts itself a bit. :D
CherryAndThePack Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011
its a beaitifull animal... shame some drivers can be so careless...
anyway, at least its educating peole :)
Cacodaemonia Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
That's really incredible! Thank you so much for sharing. May I ask why you left the skin on the chin?
FossilFeather Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011
I left it there since I would have taken it off anyway later on while trimming her tanned pelt. However, it actually proved rather difficult and very annoying to remove later on after it had dried to the jaw and I was trying to clean the skull. Because of that, I'll be sure to take off all skin from future skulls. :XD:
Cacodaemonia Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Ah, I see. Thanks for answering my question. :) I can imagine that it was a pain to get off later!
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