It’s time for some more exploration into new countries with the August von Spiess Museum of Hunting. The museum is named after the well-known figure Colonel August von Spiess, who was the Keeper of Royal Hunting under King Ferdinand I of Romania. The museum has a whole room dedicated to this royal hunter, mostly dead animals and trophies. I guess Romania is the country that hunts, because they have a long history of doing just that…they even have a wikipedia entry. Anyway, the museum has foxes hanging upside down, rows of horns, vulture heads, various Carpathian game, etc. etc. I have a good friend who has a thing for Victorian taxidermy, so this would be his go-to place. No, seriously. And he’s an animal-loving vegan.
This place reminds of the time I had to go into a creepy house as part of my museum job, which was hosting a historic housewalk. I walked into a two-story living room full of literally hundreds of taxidermy pieces, including some kind of animal leaping down from the balcony. And I found out the guy wasn’t even a hunter, he just liked to collect “dead animals” from museum’s taxidermy collections. OKAY!
I should remember to tell my second cousin who likes to shoot deer on weekends that he’s got a new destination to add to his ever-busy “using my gun” schedule. Also, take note that the bear killed the dog and the dog’s owner killed the bear.