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Nature is Gross

Yesterday morning as we drove into work, we passed a dead deer, a dead raccoon and a dead squirrel. That was just on our street.

By the time we came home, the dead squirrel and the dead raccoon had been claimed, but the dead deer was not only still there, its body was beginning to bloat. Normally coyotes and vultures make pretty quick work of even the deer on our road, but this one is somehow special. All four legs are sticking straight out of a body that looks as though it could burst at any second, showering unsuspecting passersby with deer innards.

I wonder if it's going to bypass coyotes and vultures and just go straight for bugs and microbes who are efficient at completely stripping the carcass, but slow. Very, very slow.


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Aug. 2nd, 2005 06:14 pm (UTC)
Once a trailer carrying about 20 cows took a curve too sharply on the 2 lane road you had to take to get to my house in the Middle. As a result he rolled the trailer, killing all the cows in it. Making it even worse is that this cow carnage was there for a week -- so us kids, riding the school bus, got to witness bloated, feet standing in the air, carcasses. I won't even go there about the smell. Shudder.
Aug. 2nd, 2005 09:39 pm (UTC)

My friends had a deer so large die on their property that they had to wrap a chain around it's neck and drag it away with the truck.
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