By Dion Dassanayake
Britons are stuffing dead mice they caught at home as part of a bizarre new do-it-yourself taxidermy craze sweeping the country.
For £29.99 homeowners are provided with all the tools they need to skin, prepare and preserve the vermin in under four hours like Victorians did.
The DIY taxidermy kit comes with pliers, galvanised wire, surgical gloves and a 70 step guide for how to turn the dead mice into miniature ornaments.
Each instruction is accompanied by a picture of the guide's author Margot Magpie whose taxidermy courses in London are sell out events.
Sarah Kabunga, of Firebox.com which is selling the taxidermy kits, said it is the latest craze to "sweep" the country.
She said: "As unbelievable as it sounds, taxidermy is the latest craze to sweep the UK.
"It is absolutely not for everyone, but is an art form that is continuing to grow in popularity as consumers become more aware of how to recreate it themselves."
People wishing to buy the kit, which also comes with a scalpel and Blue Peter favourite PVA glue, need to be over 18 to purchase it.
News of the taxidermy craze comes as it emerged a giant rat that is two feet long was captured in Liverpool.
It has raised fears that a new breed of 'super rat' which is immune to standard poisons have set foot in the UK.
Experts say the rats are becoming bigger because they are feasting on food left in bins or on the streets near takeaways, restaurants and houses.
Sean Whelan, of Whelan Pest Prevention, said: "All around Merseyside there's been a problem. We're seeing bigger rats - they're super rats in my opinion."
Two foot long giant rats have also been found in Dublin and Birmingham in recent weeks.
It comes after a huge rat that measured 15 inches without its tail gnawed its way into the kitchen of a family in Sweden.
Mr Whelan added: "Access to food is so easy for them. They're like humans, they eat and eat and get bigger and bigger.
"They're twice as large as they once were. It's definitely not uncommon to see rats the size of a cat."