Thursday, July 12, 2007

Let's Play - Name That Carcass

My best friend Shawna found this thing dead on her living room floor this morning. How she managed to get it outside on her deck to take this picture is beyond me. I would have just put a a bucket over it with a brick on top of it and waited for my husband to get home. I mean I got married for 3 reasons - kids, car maintenance, and dead animal removal - okay maybe 6 reasons if you count love, affection and companionship.

The first mytery is - what is it. She's sure it's not a mouse though that's what it appears to be to me. I apologize for the small scale of the photo - it was taken with a camera phone - you're getting instant coverage here. She thinks the head is far too pointy for a mouse and the tail is far too short. The whole animal is approximately 3-4 inches long.

The second mystery is how did it get there. Was it living in her house and decided to make it's first appearance in the throes of death? Did one of the cats catch it? She think that's unlikely as they were sniffing it and looking at it like "where the hell did this come from and why wasn't I informed?". More than likely her dog Riley carried it in, as he's prone to catching, killing and presenting her with small lifeless gifts. He's a cocker spaniel and king charles cavalier mix and very quick at catching small things, whereas thankfully my beagle is only quick at barking at things so my life is fairly carcass free.

If anyone can identify that carcass. Let me know.

1 comment: said...

I think it is a schrew. Not sure that is spelled right. Shawna's Mom.