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Taxidermist Creates Stuffed Animals for Cars' Rearview Mirrors

Newsweek logo Newsweek 6/22/2022 Darko Manevski, Zenger News

A taxidermist has created the world's first "furry mice" for cars - stuffed real animals which hang from rearview mirrors.

Jack Devaney, 28, of Plymouth, England, uses rats, mice, chicks, and even guinea pigs to create his unique "Hairy Dangler" motor decorations.

It is the latest bizarre item from his company "World Around Ewe," which has previously sold stuffed-rat pencil cases and rat-skull necklaces.

Explaining what made him put together the strange decorations, Devaney said he wanted to add a bit of "life" to his car.

He explained: "I was pulling into the car park at work with my car and looking at the other cars. They all had things hanging and other decorations.

"There was a real lack of stuff on my rear view mirror; I thought it needed some rat balls or something - which I already sold.

"So eventually when I put together some of these new rats on elastic, I called them hairy danglers.

"With the elastic they bobble around and look quite nice. I considered putting in a smell too but I decided it wouldn't be worth it.

Jack Devaney uses rats, mice, chicks, and even guinea pigs to create his unique "Hairy Dangler" motor decorations, the latest bizarre item from his company "World Around Ewe," which has previously sold stuffed-rat pencil cases and rat-skull necklaces. James Dadzitis SWNS/Zenger © James Dadzitis SWNS/Zenger Jack Devaney uses rats, mice, chicks, and even guinea pigs to create his unique "Hairy Dangler" motor decorations, the latest bizarre item from his company "World Around Ewe," which has previously sold stuffed-rat pencil cases and rat-skull necklaces. James Dadzitis SWNS/Zenger

"When I was in university I tried to put together a scented walking stick, which really smelled of menthol and it kinda put me off trying to scent stuff."

Often mixing up different rodents and other animals, Devaney said he's found a surprisingly large - but admittedly niche - market for the products.

"I mostly make them out of mouse, rabbit, baby chickens - chicks - I've even used a bit of guinea pig in the past," he said.

"You get it all frozen from the local pet store as snake food. I tend to use rats more than anything else.

"I like to see how much you can make out of one rat, making different things out of its arms and tail, and now some of these hairy danglers, too.

Jack Devaney uses rats, mice, chicks, and even guinea pigs to create his unique "Hairy Dangler" motor decorations, the latest bizarre item from his company "World Around Ewe," which has previously sold stuffed-rat pencil cases and rat-skull necklaces. James Dadzitis SWNS/Zenger © James Dadzitis SWNS/Zenger Jack Devaney uses rats, mice, chicks, and even guinea pigs to create his unique "Hairy Dangler" motor decorations, the latest bizarre item from his company "World Around Ewe," which has previously sold stuffed-rat pencil cases and rat-skull necklaces. James Dadzitis SWNS/Zenger

"I must have made a dozen now. They're all different with different animals - I don't like to be too specific with the animals I use.

"I've sold a good few over the last few weeks, it surprises me what captures people's attention."

Devaney has named this furry car accessories collection: "Things I've made from skin."

They're all available for purchase online.

This story was provided to Newsweek by Zenger News.

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