Reactions range from horrified to how cute. The mice were destined for snake snacks, but Rachel Garcia saved them and turned them into chess pieces. It is not clear from Rachel, but it seems she did not personally kill and stuff the poor creatures.
Rachel sells her work on Etsy and made a cool $450 off her recent set.
Each piece is soft and furry. The costumes were made and sewn by hand from Rachel herself. She even made sure to keep the rodent’s tails intact and they stick up straight.
“Every mouse was a unique creature in life, making each piece of this set a one-of-a-kind creation, hand-stuffed by me,” Garcia writes on her Etsy page. “The set includes 16 light colored mice and 16 dark mice, in various sizes, pawns being the smallest… All specimens were acquired from a captive breeding facility that distributes frozen rodents for reptile feeding, so don’t feel sad if these little guys were not battling it out on the chess board they would be deep in the belly of a snake.”
Each piece is unique and represents a piece on a chess board.