Copying an object that contains armatures

Well, it may have been a stupid idea, but I was modeling an ear, and I stuck armatures inside (don’t laugh at me) to help shape it. I would like to duplicate said ear so that mr. character has two ears, instead of only one. However, when I duplicate the ear, it gets extremely distorted when I move it away from the original armatures, for obvious reasons. I would very much like to duplicate the whole construction, but I cannot select the ear and the armatures at the same time. So, butts.

Is there away to remove the armatures and still make the object stick in that position? That is probably the sort of thing I need, and it would help a ton.

Thanks.

So you can’t select both at the same time? You know click one ( the armature needs to be in object mode) then shift click the other. Weird