New taxidermy class a hit at Michigan high school

A Michigan high school is offering a taxidermy course for the first time, and it's a big hit.

Sixty students enrolled in its first two sections, and about a dozen had to be turned away.

Each student in the class is asked to bring in an animal that he or she hunted, trapped or found dead. Road kill counts.

In Mieyah (MEE'-yah) Brenton's case, the red-bellied woodpecker the senior worked on was a gift from the family cat.

According to Brenton, a lot of people think the class is gross. But she says "it's just kind of something that's cool to learn, especially if you like biology."

Teacher Kyle Tubbs, who owns a taxidermy business, says the course meets state standards for science instruction. Principal Ryan Cayce (KAY'-see) says it complements other science and art classes.