Again, for the faint of heart, be warned:
what follows are photos of the deceased.
Last Tuesday, while out with the Tuesday Morning Regulars, I spotted the remains of a fox squirrel just on the far side of the trail's railing. Being me, I had to scramble over the railing and get closer - a photo op for sure!
Whatever had ended this squirrel's life had done a pretty good job of eviscerating it. The undesirable bits were left to the side, and the remaining skin had been partially turned inside out. A clue to the perpetrator, perhaps?
So, imagine my surprise today to find this:
Now, I was pretty sure this wasn't a squirrel concentrating really hard on digging up an acorn frozen into the ground. Nope - it had to be another past-tense squirrel. We all had to get photos of this unusual sight, and then I went to pull it out.
I pocketed the body (or what was left of it) and took it inside for further investigation. Here was what we found - a series of paired holes:
We got to see the foot up close, too - what a beautiful structure it is!
And note the stunningly rich coloration of the fur. That's a fox squirrel - no doubt about it.
Ah - the joy of being a naturalist. Who else would find such a discovery so fascinating? I love my job!