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Elephant Puzzle: How to Fit an Elephant Through a 70-Inch-by-80-Inch Hallway

Elephant Puzzle: How to Fit an Elephant Through a 70-Inch-by-80-Inch Hallway

BY SKIP SKIDMORE

Author: Administrator Account/Monday, July 12, 2021/Categories: Articles - All, Articles - Home Page, Spring 2021 Issue 141

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One day I was presented with a challenge to mount a lifesize elephant which could be taken apart, so it would not be required to be permanently displayed. The elephant was to be transported down a hallway 70 inches wide and 80 inches tall. The request by the director of the Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum at Brigham Young University set in motion this article. While visiting the Woodbury Taxidermy exhibition booth at an annual Safari Club International convention, I met chief taxidermist Jimmy Dieringer. As I perused his photo albums, I saw a picture of an elephant form in eight pieces, namely, the head, trunk, two body halves, and four legs. Using this form could work for my new challenging museum project!

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