So last week we're working in a huge house in Granada Hills (just north of LA). If you've ever heard of those "big fancy houses in the San Fernando Valley that they rent for a day and shoot porn in"- it's one of those houses. Literally, they have shot porn there. (Not the show I was on, though.)
Just behind the house, the ground sweeps down, giving way to a fantastic view of the basin. Every lot in this area is several acres, so each house has an acre or two of sheer hillside behind it. Apparently the next-door neighbors have goats- whether as pets or just sort of local fauna, I have no idea- because one of the grips found a goat skull behind the house. He mentioned it to the assistant director, who is a friend of mine, and went straight to my department to ask if we wanted it (because, as art department, we do tend to collect weird things). He made a cursory offer to my department head, and after she deferred to me (because I was jumping up and down going OOO ME ME ME CAN I HAVE IT?) told me it was waiting for me behind the house.
So I go behind the house and find a -whole-, nearly intact goat skull. It smells kinda fresh, actually, and by "fresh" I do not mean "refreshing", but rather "recent". It's in pristine condition, minus the tip of one horn. As an added bonus, a goat spine! Nearly intact- it has at least ten vertebrae, maybe more- and they're all still intact and attached to each other. Quite pliably, really, so I guess it's got all its interior ligaments still in good condition. I hope they don't dry out and fall apart, because a goat spine in one piece is so much cooler than a bunch of goat vertebrae.
So the goat skull is going on the front of my pickup truck, and the goat spine is going to hypothermya
as soon as she gets back from Antarctica. Anyone have any good suggestions for cleaning and preserving?