I turned my beloved cat Orville into a DRONE because he loved birds – everyone’s horrified but I don’t care
A MAN has turned his beloved dead cat Orville into a drone because he loved birds and he doesn’t care if people are horrified by it.
Bart Jansen has taken grieving the family pet to new heights by turning them into levitating toys.
The Dutch taxidermist turned his dead cat into a remote-controlled drone known as the “Orvillecopter”.
The “half cat, half machine” was made to honour Orville, who was run over by a car in 2012.
Jansen told Channel 4 he “immediately knew” as soon as he had Orville’s body that he wanted to something with it.
“I was going to make a point out of his untimely death,” he told the broadcaster.
So, in what can only be described at truly weird move, Jansen took Orville’s dead body apart, stuffed it and fitted it with four high-powered propellers to make it fly.
Jansen has since launched his own animal drone company called Copter Company and had made a living out of turning the family pet – from hamsters to ostriches and sharks – into creepy flying machines.
Customers have to taxidermy their pets before sending them to Jansen who then goes about turning them into drones.
Jansen, who works as a solar panel engineer for his day job, even built a helicopter out of a cow.
And it seems the Dutchman now wants to find animals big enough to fly in.
He said: “If I’m going to fly, I was to fly in something weird. So we’ve been thinking about animals that are big enough to fly in.”
It comes as a family turned their pet golden retriever into an ornamental rug for their living room.
The unorthodox memento of their beloved pet has ignited a fiery debate online after social media users were left stunned.
Australian company Chimera Taxidermy created the eccentric accessory for the mourning family so the pooch could “head home”.
Owner Maddy, 29, explained they had preserved the family’s pet as a pelt to create a memorial that will last a lifetime.
She said it had been “tanned and turned to leather so the fur won’t fall out”, allowing it to take pride of place in the customer’s lounge.
The taxidermist compared the process to people keeping the ashes of a lost loved one, as the family “wanted to keep a part of him forever”.