Heartbroken nurse spends £4,000 getting beloved dead cat Tango stuffed
A grieving nurse spent £4,000 to get her dead cat stuffed in his basket so that she could be with him "forever" after his life was cut short in a horror crash.
Harriet Peace, 28, decided to look into getting Tango preserved after she was left "devastated" when he was hit by a car in September last year.
The nursing assistant, from Mauchline, Ayrshire, said she travelled to London to see a taxidermist and couldn't believe how realistic Tango looked once she picked him back up.
She had to be apart from him for seven months, while the process took place, but said its the best decision she ever made after getting her pet pal back.
Harriet said: "When Tango died, I was devastated – I couldn't bring myself to have him cremated.
"When someone mentioned taxidermy it sounded like the perfect way for him to be with me forever.
"I was really nervous when I dropped him off because I was worried he would look different and I would have made the wrong decision.
"But when I picked him up it was all worth it.
"He looks so realistic. He's exactly how he was and I'm so happy I have him here to remember him."
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Harriet was left completely distraught after Tango tragically died on September 12.
But despite being hit by a car, Harriet said the cat had no visible injuries and he just looked asleep.
She decided she couldn't bear the thought of her pet being buried or cremated and was unsure what to do – until someone suggested taxidermy.
The process involves preserving an animal's body to remain looking life-like and only a select few businesses in the country offer it for pets.
Harriet said: "He was like my child, it was a huge loss to me.
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"He had been through so much with me and I thought I'd have him for at least ten years – he was my wee sidekick.
"Taxidermy sounded like the perfect way for him to be with me forever."
She said her ex-partner, who she formerly shared Tango with, was horrified by the idea – but that didn't stop her.
Harriet put Tango in the freezer straight away and soon after, she was travelling from her home in Scotland all the way down to specialists Get Stuffed in London.
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The procedure involves using different oils and chemicals to preserve the body correctly and takes seven months.
But heartbroken by the loss of Tango, she was convinced it was the right decision and began the process so she could have him back at home as soon as possible.
Harriet said: "Tango is exactly how he was. It's not for everyone but honestly, I couldn't thank the man who did it enough.
"After losing my best friend it's the best gift anyone could give me. It's the best decision I ever made."
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