I couldn’t just leave him there…
A little cleansing ceremony for a fallen hawk. Still gripping the rabbit fur from it’s last meal.
Went out to check on our Black Capped Chickadee nest and found that 2 had left and 2 had remained and died. Poor things.
Can’t and won’t keep them for two reasons 1) MBTA, 2) The only way to safely clean such small and fragile bones are dermestids, which I don’t have access to.
This is the way the world works, I’m afraid. At least I got to see how beautiful they were up close.
I watched this poor robin die on Thursday. I was walking my dog and I turned around to head home just in time to see him flying across the road, only to be hit by a big silver truck. He was killed instantly, and there was a loud thump as his body was smashed into the truck’s grill. He was flung to the other side of the road in an explosion of feathers. I immediately tied my dog to a post and went to his body. I picked him up with only one thought in my head; I couldn’t leave him there to be flattened and crushed again and again. So I carried his limp body a mile and half back home, all the while stroking his feathers and telling him how sorry I was. Since I couldn’t keep him for art or taxidermy, I buried him in my backyard. His death made me very sad, it was such a waste of life. I just hope he was glad that I cared about him even after he was gone.
In 2009, a dog walker discovered a suspected grave in woodland near Llanbadarn Fawr, Ceredigion, Wales. There was a small rectangular patch of ground clearly demarcated with sticks along the edges and rocks placed at the corners. A range of items present within the created space prompted police to initiate an investigation believing the site to be the grave of an infant. Included in the list of items adorning the grave was an infant’s sock later found to contain a small prayer card. At the head of the grave was a posy of carnations arranged in a jam jar set into the ground. In front of the posy was a wooden stake marking the head of the grave. Around the stake was a blue chiffon flower and ribbon hair elastic popular with young girls. Forensic archaeologists were called upon by Dyfed Powys Police on suspicion that the grave represented an illicit human burial. Upon excavation, it became apparent that the items were left by children in remembrance of Jasper, their pet cat.
— Swinging the blue lamp: The forensic archaeology of contemporary child and animal burial in the UK, by Anna Davenport and Karl Harrison. In Mortality, Vol. 16, No. 2, May 2011 (via middlesavagery
Beautiful little dead friend in the garden today :C
my sweet diamond dove passed away unexpectedly. my girlfriend and i made her a pretty little leaf bundle to send her off in.
(Thank you to sailormoonbear for this submission.)