24 hours apart
24 hours apart
Not the best pictures but oh well.
Here’s news about the (euro) ba.dger I found some weeks ago.
I’m not sure about its sex, can you help me? It didn’t have a baculum but the belly was destroyed ‘cause other animals were feeding on it, so I’m not excluding the male possibility. So what do you think about that crest and zygomatic arch?
Inflating the lungs of a cottontail I worked on recently. Sorry for the blurry quality!
Yesterday I went for a picnic in the countryside with my friends. We have no car, so we had to go by bus, one of the reasons why I decided not to bring all my vc stuff -gloves, xacto, etc…- with me, but just some relatively small bags, just in case I found some little bird. Long story short, I didn’t plan to bring home any deads.
We were exactly halfway between the city and the big park we wanted to go to and the road was closed. Apparently the bus driver didn’t know about that and had to cancel the run, so we went by walk for the rest of the distance. While walking I smelled something bad. Like really bad. I searched for a couple of minutes looking for the source of the smell, but I was with my friends and didn’t want to bother them, so I just said “whatever” and went ahead, trying to actually not care. While I was eating, tho, the only thing I was thinking about was the horrible smell, trying to figure out what could have died. The call of the dead animal became eventually too powerful to ignore, I knew I had to check, I was too curious, so I asked my girlfriend to come with me to help.
When we arrived to the smelly part of the road, we started to look for a body or bones, and at a certain point I eventually found some tufts of fur. Finally! Didn’t see anyting except fur and little pieces of skin, tho. I then noticed more fur at the other side of a fencing -just to make things easier- and luckily enough that was an abandoned land. I got to the other side of the fence and helped my girlfriend to do the same and started to follow the fur traces. We searched for about 20 minutes and then…
… A badger! I’m searching for one since I started to collect bones! I couldn’t believe I actually found one, but then I remembered: I didn’t have an exacto to cut the head and the road was closed that day, so no bus ride. The only solution was to take the whole horribly smelly and surprisingly heavy carcass and walk home with it + my backpack for a hour and a half trying not to break the terribly thin bags I was going to put the badger in. It was an insane idea.
I obviously did it.
Also these are the go/at kids heads I found a month ago. The one on the left is a gift for a friend and I’ll keep the other two. The middle one has an interesting head shape and the one on the right is SO SMOL
Sorry for not being very present in this latest months, I had some problems with the university and the family and shit, so… But here I am again, with lots of new deads!
This one is a go.at I found two days ago in the same place where I ALWAYS find goats… I took her head and today I skinned it. Her horns are about 40cm long, the longest ones on a skull in my collection of go.ats! It looks like she died after giving birth… There were also some ki.ds (that I also took) and two other mama go.ats (didn’t have the space to take them too).
I’ll show the ki.ds heads in another post.
Not to be shocking or anything. I just wanted to see the muscles work. Look how her eye goes back into her skull a bit when her mouth opens!
Pretty neato I think.
Also CUTE BABY CHOMPERS AAAAA
Also both these little r.accoons were found as roadkill.
This pine marten wasn’t mounted by me, I was asked to add the mouse in its mouth. The pine marten has a radio collar because was originally being tracked by DEC and when it was found dead they had it mounted. The mouse was trapped by the owners of a nearby building. Mice are really hard to mount because their skin is so thin, it’s like working with tissue paper. Doing any detail work on something so small is a real challenge! I used wire, cotton, and foam to make the body and preserved the mouse with denatured alcohol and borax.