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Surprising that I’ve not spotted these decorative cow heads around Nebraska…

Stuffed animals seem to be über-popular in Mexico, or at least you’d guess that based on their prevalence at markets/stores nationwide. To be clear, by “stuffed”, I do not mean fuzzy-wuzzy little teddy bears. Rather, I mean no-shit, taxidermied, formerly-alive-but-now-marble-eyed ANIMALS. I have seen a fair number of fake replicas as well, but even those (i.e. a pair of 5-inch-tall fighting roosters) seem to be at least made of real bird feathers.

(This segues into another of my lazy blog posts centered around a photo or two….since I am once again in the throes of studying for final exams & hence either can not or should not spend several hours writing about our super-fun trip to Zacatecas a few weeks back).

That said, one of the things we did discover in Zacatecas was an even wider variety of stuffed animals than we’d previously seen! Act fast, folks, and make your way up north (or perhaps down south?) to Zacatecas for all your mounted emu (I think?) and cow head needs!!

My bird ID-ing skills are not what they used to be; is this an emu? Is this really something one would display in their home? This piece of decor is a mystery to me...

My bird ID-ing skills are not what they used to be; is this an emu? Is this really something one would display in their home? This piece of decor is a mystery to me...

These cow heads, on the other hand, I could TOTALLY see working into a farm-themed decor. These are totally something my Uncle Ken would put up in his basement in Colorado or at the Mouse Motel in Nebraska. Uncle Ken-- Am I right?? This is a test to see if you read this. ;)

These cow heads, on the other hand, I could TOTALLY see working into a farm-themed decor. These are totally something my Uncle Ken would put up in his basement in Colorado or at the Mouse Motel in Nebraska. Uncle Ken-- Am I right?? This is a test to see if you read this. ;)

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11 Comments

  1. Nancy says:

    Probably because I’m not a midwesterner, they make me a bit sad…

    1. Kiana Kuell says:

      i’m not a midwesterner either i’m from the south but i live in the midwest

  2. Leah Flinn says:

    I’ve never seen this in Veracruz! My brother would go nuts if he saw this. He loves Mexico and lives in Nebraska. Thanks for posting.

  3. Dude are those BABY cow heads at the top of the pic? LMAO my Dad has mounted all sorts of things that he’s went hunting for over the years (deer, ram, wild boar) but for all of the Cow that they’ve ate he’s never put up a cow head.

    Poor Cows just don’t get enough love yo.

  4. Jenn McRae says:

    While not necessarily decorative, the “emu” would be brilliant near an entry way or around a surprise corner. Just think of the surprise/fear/confusion of your house guests! I bet you people would believe that you actually had a pet “emu” running around your house.

  5. Julie says:

    Nancy– yes, I think it is a midwest thing… you see enough things mounted & you become numb to how tacky/sad/horrifying they are…

    Leah– where does your bro live in Nebraska?? Have you been for a visit? 😉

    Gringa– You raise a good point…not sure why cows have not been elevated to “proudly display on wall of man cave” status…

    Jenn– even better, when you have a house guest staying overnight, sneak into their room & place “emu” on floor right next to their bed. Then set up video camera to record hilarity that ensues when guest wakes up to two beady little eyes staring down at them… :)

  6. Leah Flinn says:

    He lives in Omaha, yes I have been! I really liked it, especially the wide variety of good beer available.

  7. Terry Cooksey says:

    I have a friend who must purchase a Cow Head for another Friend’s House warming Gift. Can you share the name of the store. I cannot find Cow Heads anywhere. Any help would be great!!!

  8. dave says:

    where do i get a cow head?

  9. Julie says:

    Gents– I wish I could tell you the name of the cow head store!! I looked back through my photos to see if I snapped one of the outside of the store, but no such luck. :( All I can tell you is that these were located somewhere in the town of Zacatecas in Mexico. If you’re feeling particularly ambitious, try searching online for “cabeza de vaca disecada” which means “stuffed cow head” in Spanish… A few websites come up with options, though someone who speaks Spanish will probably be necessary to make any purchases!

    Good luck & sorry I can’t be of more help!!

  10. Andrew says:

    I love the Baby Cow Heads. I bought one when we went to the “Horses Tail Waterfall” (English translation) in North Central Mexico. I paid $60US for it and snuck it across the boarder in the back of the truck hidden in dirty laundry. I gave it as a gag gift to my brother-in-law but he loved it and put it up in his house (here in Texas). I’ve been looking for another one to give to my Unlce for his new hunting cabin but can’t find one. I’ll have to ask my cousin in Mexico to buy and send me one. BTW I also saw a complete stuffed baby cow that was positioned lying down when at the waterfall.

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