Anyone else feel kind of uncomfortable naming wild animal remains, because they were a wild animal?
Nah, not really, personally! It’s just a name, a way of identification that’s slightly more personal - ‘I found fox skull #15 at the riverbed, fox skull #23 was hit by a car’ vs ‘I found Todd at the riverbed, Vix was hit by a car’ - it can be easier for some people as a way of telling the difference between the animals they find, maybe some consider it more respectful than assigning them a number or whatever.
Also, I name wild animals all the time, baha! For the same reasons. I watch many birds, squirrels and foxes that visit my Nan’s garden regularly, I see absolutely no harm in naming them at all. I usually give them descriptive names (BigPie & SmallPie, the magpie pair for example) I don’t think they mind, they wouldn’t be aware of it.
Okay so today while walking the dog, I was convinced I would find no dead things… And then just to prove me wrong, my dog comes running towards me and throws this large bone at my feet, wanting to play fetch. Cool, except it looks like a dog chew that foxes stole out of someone’s garden. Oh well, at least I found something dead, right?!?
Well. Then I accidentally stumbled across some sort of fox playground?? Stolen dog toys, tons of feathers, poop everywhere, and some BEAUTIFUL sun bleached bones! I was really happy with what I found as I usually find nothing at all.
But as I kept walking I spotted more, and then in the bank across a ditch I saw what looked like little roots, but decided to hop over and investigate just in case - and ended up digging up a bunch of verts and ribs!! This is nothing compared to what many vultures find, but I was so excited because this is the first time I’ve ever found something like this. It was sooo exciting! I don’t think my dog was very pleased with how much time she spent waiting for me today though, heh.
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Hello fellow vultures! I was wondering if you could help me with a few questions I have?
1. Degreasing a glued skull - I have a couple of skulls that need a degrease, but they have been glued! I’ve decided to experiment on my coyote skull, and I’ve already noticed the nose kind of collapsing and the glue turning white (and scary!). Will I have to scrub this glue off, or should I have removed it before sticking him in a bucket? I’m worried about removing the glue but not being able to get it all, and not being able to fit the teeth back in their sockets!
2. What will this guy’s nose look like after degreasing?
3. Black bones - I know after macerating for a long time, sometimes bacteria turns the bones black. Is this what has happened to my Thames bones, or is it caused by age/something else? They have been sitting in the river for a loooong time (since the frost fairs). If it’s caused by bacteria, how important is it for me to fix them? Can I do so without peroxide? Pictured are some of the colours when dry.
4. Cracked canines - what causes them, and how can I avoid causing them when preparing specimens?
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