Fair warning: this video is graphic right off the bat. Probably NSFW, unless you're a butcher or a taxidermist (intestines, bile, and blood abound). But, if you've got the stomach for it, this is really captivating stuff. Watch it if you can. Seriously.
The video above is one of the more recent installments in an ongoing series from my new favorite YouTube channel, The Brain Scoop. Our host and stalwart guide is Emily Graslie, the spirited volunteer Curatorial Assistant for the Philip L. Wright Zoological Museum at the University of Montana. In this video, Graslie dismembers and guts a fully skinned wolf carcass that was donated to the museum after it was hit by a car. This particular specimen is in the initial stages of decomposition. It is ripe and rife with rapidly proliferating, gas-generating microbiota, and it has already started to bloat. Goody.
I won't go into all the reasons I love this video, or this series in general, but two that stand out in my mind are:
1. How informative, interesting and occasionally lighthearted Graslie manages to make this utterly grisly task.
2. The fact that she seems, at times, right on the verge of vomiting — but continues working despite her nausea because she's JUST THAT INTO IT. (Remember: she volunteers to do this.) Her enthusiasm is as palpable as it is infectious.
See also the first two installments in this series, wherein Graslie collects and then skins the wolf. The former is worth watching for the first 30 seconds, alone; though we recommend both in their entirety, along with this Wolf Q&A hosted by Graslie.