March 15, 2012

Rest well, little ones


Yesterday was just beautiful. The weather was warm, hot even! There was the slightest breeze and really, this is my favourite kind of weather. After running a couple errands with Rich, we decided to take a nice stroll down the ravine near his house with his niece and nephew. During our little walk to the park, we spotted a little raccoon, near the stream looking like it was napping. We knew better than that though, as these little critters don't just nap in the middle of a public area. It looked so peaceful though and it also looked...fresh. Upon closer inspection, (yes, I actually climbed down a bed of caged rocks to see it in detail & to take photos) I noticed that it wasn't mangled, bleeding and hasn't started to bloat or smell. I'm going to assume that it was poisoned, which is really unfortunate. On our way back, Rich found another raccoon that had died. This time, less peacefully as it was caught between a tunnel and it's grate. It was...squished into the bars of the grate, wet and just really, really sad. I think this one must have gotten washed down the tunnel and drowned.

Another couple of feet ahead, there was a skull. A raccoon skull. The flesh had either been eaten or had rotted away so it was fairly clean aside from dirt and sand. It definitely was not fresh! Obviously I had to keep it, so being the most amazing vegan boyfriend in the world, Rich picked it up with a stick and carried it back to the house. Check out those cute little teeth! I put it in a zip top baggy and I'll end up cleaning it more thoroughly. 

Now to decide if I want to bleach it with peroxide...
My first skull!

P.S. I have no idea why there were so many dead raccoons. WTF?

*Updated July 6, 2012.

8 comments:

  1. Great pictures but kinda creepy? LOL! I would run run run away from racoons let alone a dead one!! HAHA! Poor guy though. What is rich gonna do with the skull?

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  2. I'd run if it were alive and chasing me...dead, not so much!
    They're super cute though, I see them around the neighborhood at night a lot.
    Rich just took it home for me.. lol I'm the sick one who's going to keep it.

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  3. Yeaaaaah, I don't know what you're going to do with a random raccoon skull...

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    1. Going to start a..collection!
      Maybe not.
      I'll just put it on display, in a glass dome or acyclic box?
      It's still in a baggy.. rabies!!!

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    2. Haha, could you imagine if I brought that home? COULD YOU IMAGINE THE FREAK OUT MY MOTHER WOULD HAVE?

      LOL, I'm dying just thinking about it...

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    3. OMG, aaaaahaha quarantine!

      Dad was the one who called rabies on it..
      lol..because I put the skull/baggy on top of the microwave and he was like.."This is an eating area! wtf!" then proceeded to put it on top of the fridge... :D

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  4. Poor babies :-(

    I hate seeing dead animals. ESPECIALLY roadkill. Ugh makes me teary eyed all the time, I'm not even kidding you.

    And I think the second racoon knew its time was up. I read somewhere that they'll -- or animals in general -- actually look for a secluded area to isolate themselves before death. So sad.

    Have fun with the skull?

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    1. That thing about animals secluding themselves to pass is actually heartbreaking... :(
      I washed the skull tonight, scrubbed it clean and disinfected it the best I can.
      I lost a front tooth down the drain in the process though. I might give it a..denture!
      Still not sure if I should bleach it white? Hm...

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