"I think a lot of people have misconceptions about taxidermists and that they're kind of sick or deranged people ... but I think a lot of it is actually pretty bright and sunny," says New York-based professional taxidermist Amber Maykut.
Maykut, who owns and runs Brooklyn Taxidermy, began her career about 10 years ago when she found a Monarch butterfly on a New York City sidewalk.
Maykut wanted to find a way to preserve and frame the butterfly and keep it in her apartment, which was her first foray into the art of taxidermy.
Her "passion" has developed into a career centered around "bringing things back to life, paying homage to ... creatures."
"At the end of the day, I think this job is really all about art and being creative being able to express yourself and being able to use art and sculpture to give something to the world."
Learn more about Maykut and the art of taxidermy on this week's episode of Odd Jobs!