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VIDEO: Taxidermy in Ireland: Top tips before you consider stuffing your pet

There's a lot of work involved in making something dead appear living. It's not a cheap process either and certainly not for the squeamish. Nevertheless, Lucan local Michael Dunne revels in it. In a small room upstairs in his suburban home, Mr Dunne has some of his finest artwork on display.The room is full of stuffed animals who are carefully posed to reflect their once natural habitat. There are foxes, an otter, some fish and many species of birds. But no pets. There's a very good reason behind that.

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