Date completed : 3 October 2017 Duration : 4 Weeks
Victoria Purewal

The polar bear was taken for conservation and had to be cleaned with a number of different solvents as there were yellow stains throughout the fur which turned out to be expanding foam residue. This was extremely difficult and timely to remove. It left the fur dyed yellow, which is an issue as polar bear fur is in fact colourless. The images show some of the damage and the finished specimen. It also shows how I store some specimens. This needed to be fully covered and has had tissue wadding throughout to help support the creases, by being in a sturdy lightweight box it is fully protected from dirt, light and the pressure of other objects resting on or against it

showing the damage to the nose and eyes
After conservation
Bear in a box

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