WARNING – the photos in this post might seem a bit disgusting to some readers, especially if you are squeamish about vomit and half-eaten critters. Consider yourself forewarned!
This past weekend there was a mess on the sidewalk in front of our neighbor’s house. This was pile #1. The ants have obviously already gotten to it and are looking for food to bring back to their home. The big white curved shapes look like bones of some sort- I’m not sure.
A couple of feet away was pile #2. The Green Bottle Fly might be searching for a place to lay some eggs (more coming from this insect in a Slugyard post later in the week). The dark areas look like maybe some sort of hairy mess? Again – I’m not sure.
A couple more feet down the sidewalk was…
…THIS. Half of a mouse.
What happened here? What animal did this?
I’m not sure. The two piles look like something regurgitated (thrown up!) by an animal. Owls routinely do this- they eat animals whole and vomit up pellets. Pellets are made of the parts they can’t digest like bones, feathers, fur, etc. I can see what looks like fur and bones in the piles, but I didn’t think that owl pellets had so much slime around them.
Any ideas? And why would an animal remove the mouse head but not eat the rest?
A good nature mystery…