It’s not gross — it’s science

Anyone that reads my blog for long knows how much I like to find stuff outdoors. My favorite is bones, but I also like scat and tracks, pellets, feathers, or spotting live critters. My lastest discovery, while being a fabulous addition to my bone collection, was a tragedy. In the last two weeks, we have found three dead dogs in the Mississippi River. Two of them, a beagle and a lap dog, were floating in the river. The third dog was rotting along the shore. It’s head was almost completely skeletonized, but it’s body was intact and filled with millions of baby maggots. Sometimes nature can be harsh.

Being the good naturalist that I am, and being fortunate to have a plastic bag with me, Carlyle and I detached the skull from the rest of the body and brought it home to cure. Kevin didn’t think much of my discovery because it stunk. No problem, we put our treasure in a bucket of bleach water and let it sit outside for a couple days. The result is a clean, skull that doesn’t stink. It’s particularly nice to have a predator and a prey skull for comparison. I looked online for dog skulls and found out they sell for $75-$119 dollars for a plastic model. ¬†Ours is the real thing.



But I prefer the real dog.


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