Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Oh nothing, just a dead mouse in a tree

Mysteriously, the Future Scientists discovered a deceased white-footed mouse draped along the branch of a small beech tree, about one meter up from the ground at Observatory Park. One suspect of this carcass placement was the northern shrike, which is a bird that impales prey on thorns, barbed wire or branches and saves them for later. This behavior has been called "wanton killing" because the bird kills more prey than it is able to eat all at once. It did not appear that our mouse in question was necessarily "impaled" on the tree, and humans were not left off of the suspect list. The mouse was left in the tree so whoever put it there wouldn't miss it.

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