Wilmer Eigsti, mammal preparator at work on specimen of Pacarana for Hall 15 for rodent screen.
Mr. Eigsti is seen applying the finishing touches. The whiskers, removed before tanning to prevent their being spoiled or broken, are reset by the taxidermist. Any spots in the skin where the color may have faded are retouched. The pacarana is a rare and slow-moving nocturnal rodent found only in tropical forests of the western Amazon River basin.