Photos: The Taxidermied, Card-Playing, Gun-Toting Squirrels of Rick Nadeau

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This week's feature story profiles Mitchell, Illinois resident Rick Nadeau and his fascination with taxidermy. But not just any stuffing and mounting. Nadeau's taxidermy trade is in squirrels. Squirrels playing cards. Squirrels holding guns. That sort of thing.

Below is a sampling of Rick's work and photos of the man himself, by Jennifer Silverberg.

Take a gander at the pics and then squirrel away a few minutes to read staff writer Aimee Levitt's story on Nadeau and his "little buddies." You won't want to miss it.

Is this jarring or cute? See more photos here. - PHOTO: JENNIFER SILVERBERG

Rick's squirrels have been featured on SpikeTV as a gift for the dad who has everything. It's a safe bet to say he doesn't have this guy on the wall. See more photos here. - PHOTO: JENNIFER SILVERBERG
  • Photo: Jennifer Silverberg
  • Rick's squirrels have been featured on SpikeTV as a gift for the dad who has everything. It's a safe bet to say he doesn't have this guy on the wall. See more photos here.
A poker face. See more photos here. - PHOTO: JENNIFER SILVERBERG

Rick poses with one of his works. See more photos here. - PHOTO: JENNIFER SILVERBERG
A view from inside Nadeau's workshop. See more photos here. - PHOTO: JENNIFER SILVERBERG
A lifelike pose that's popular with collectors of taxidermy. See more photos here. - PHOTO: JENNIFER SILVERBERG
  • Photo: Jennifer Silverberg
  • A lifelike pose that's popular with collectors of taxidermy. See more photos here.
See more photos here - PHOTO: JENNIFER SILVERBERG
See more photos here - PHOTO: JENNIFER SILVERBERG