Thursday, August 31, 2017

A Murder Mystery

Monday I found this Northern Short-tailed Shrew lying in the garden path.

Dead. Obviously.

Clearly something had ripped it open. But why? And then why leave it?

These shrews are venomous, with a toxin strong enough to kill small mammals. Perhaps there were no winners in this encounter?

Or perhaps one of the cats we occasionally see in our yard killed this one and left it. That was my theory the last time.

Perhaps both are true and we won't be seeing that cat anymore.

But I suspect this will become a cold case and we'll never know the true story.

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