Charles Woodson, Inspired by Davy Crockett, Skinned Guinea Pig to Use as a Hat



​Charles Woodson, a 41-year-old Davy Crockett fan from Front Royal, Virginia, wanted to have a cool hat, just like his hero. But he apparently didn’t want to go hunting to get the genuine article. So he went to the pet store and bought a guinea pig instead…

Did Woodson really need to whack a cute little guy like this — especially since there isn’t enough of him to make a decent hat?

​He gutted and skinned it at home, then fashioned it into a hat, which her wore around the neighborhood. But Fort Royal residents seemed to have found this rather weird, especially since Woodson left the guinea pig’s head on his hat.

So they ratted him out to animal protection.

Woodson claims he killed the animal humanely and followed the hunter’s creed of not allowing it to suffer. At most, he says he should be charged with a hunting violation — though going to the pet store rarely constitutes legitimate hunting.

But Virginia is thinking otherwise. It’s charged Woodson with misdemeanor cruelty, punishable by up to a year in the slam and a $2,500 fine.

See our last story on animal cruelty: Albert Colburn’s Farm: One of the Worst Cases of Cruelty in New Hampshire History.