David Verrips, owner of Authentic Trophies Taxidermy LLC in La Vernia, works on a nilgai antelope, a species native to India. Here, Verrips is scraping excess paint from the glass eyes to create a clean, shiny gaze. The white dots on the animal’s nose will dry clear, the taxidermist said, and create the illusion of dewdrops on the antelope’s lifelike nose. JULIA WEAVER/Wilson County News
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