Home Taxidermy Drones - Dead Animals Into Drones

Taxidermy Drones - Dead Animals Into Drones

Owning a pet and interested in drones? There’s a company that transforms your pet into a flying drone after its demise. For some, it may sound funny, and for others, it may sound creepy but, the actual truth is, there’s a company named the Copter Company, based in the Netherlands, which converts your pet into a flying drone or a remote-controlled boat after its death.

Video Credits: Earth Titan

Bart Jansen, aged 37, from The Netherlands, has the weirdest hobby of turning dead animals into drones or remote-controlled vehicles. He is famous for the dead cat drone invention.

His cat Orville, named after Wright Brothers, died in a tragic car accident. This accident made him convert his favorite cat into a flying drone. Instead of burying his cat, Jansen decided to make a drone from his dead cat’s body. The body of Orville was preserved and made into a custom quadcopter.

Jansen got most of the help from Arjen Beltman, an engineer, who supported him in making his invention fly. Other than this, they’ve converted several other dead animals into drones and remotely piloted vehicles as part of their The Copter Company. The Copter Company is mainly a taxidermy animal drone company.1


What is Taxidermy?

Taxidermy is the art of preserving an animal’s body via mounting or stuffing for display or study. The word taxidermy is derived from the Greek words taxis and derma. Taxis means “arrangement”, and derma means “skin”. The word taxidermy translates to “arrangement of skin”.2

Taxidermy at the Rahmat International Wildlife Museum & Gallery Image Credits: Pratyeka, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Taxidermy takes on several forms and purposes including, hunting trophies and natural history museum displays.

Museums use taxidermy to record species, including those that are extinct and threatened, in the form of study skins and life-size mounts. Taxidermy is sometimes also used as a means to memorialize pets.


Some of the projects from Copter Company are listed below:

  1. OrvilleCopter
  2. OstrichCopter
  3. SharkJet
  4. RatCopter
  5. Das Boot


The OrvilleCopter was the first project of Copter Company, which was the first taxidermy drone made from the Jansen’s dead cat Orville.

Video Credits: pricordia


As we all know, Ostrich is one of the largest flightless birds. Ostriches can run at 70 km/h (43.5 mph), and they are the fastest birds on land.

The Copter Company made an Ostrich fly but not the living one. They made a taxidermy drone using dead Ostrich and named it Ostrich Copter.

Video Credits: pricordia



They extended their research by creating a flying drone using a sea living creature, this time. Yes, flying sharks were one of the projects of the Copter Company.

Video Credits: pricordia


A dead rat, the pet of a 13-year-old guy, is converted into a taxidermy drone called RatCopter. RatCopter is Tri-Copter configured drone.

Video Credits: pricordia


Das Boot

Badgers are short-legged omnivores, have short and wide bodies with short legs for digging. They have elongated, weasel-like heads with small ears. Their tails vary in length depending on species; the stink badger has a very short tail, while the ferret badger’s tail can be 46–51 cm long, depending on age. They have black faces with distinctive white markings, grey bodies with a light-colored stripe from head to tail, and dark legs with light-colored underbellies.3

Video Credits: pricordia

Das Boot is a taxidermy submarine made using the Badger. In the Dutch, Badgers were widely called Das, and hence the Jansen and Arjen named the Badger Submarine Das Boot.

Copter Company

In the following Al Jazeera interview, Bart Jansen and Arjen Beltman explained how they formed the Copter Company and the motto of the Copter Company. Also, they’ve showcased some of their projects.

Video Credits: AJ+


I’ve tried to explain the taxidermy drones (animal drones) with the acquired information from various sources. I’m expectantly waiting for your valuable feedback and suggestions regarding this article.

At last, Sharing is Caring, feel free to share with your friends if you’ve liked this article. Thank you!


  1. Copter Company

  2. Taxidermy, Wikipedia. 

  3. Badger, Wikipedia. 


This post is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 by the author.




Dhulkarnayn - Elucidate Drones


I am 25 years old drone developer, holds a postgraduate degree in Avionics. I've worked on a few complex projects like drone swarms, drone light shows, autonomous landing of drones using computer-vision algorithms, etc. Since childhood, I'm much passionate about electronics, aerospace & engineering.

Please consider supporting this project!

If this article has been of help to you, and you feel generous at the moment, don’t hesitate to buy me a coffee. ☕

Buy me a coffee

How to install APM planner on Linux?

Drone Programming - Is it Hard to Program a Drone?