Frankie the white tailed deer

Even though I don’t have a lot of it, I still have some of another deer. I found it in “the fish spot” where Leah and I buried a fish so we could get the bones. She got use from them but I didn’t. So much for all that work haha. I found the skull and a few bones a few months ago but decided not write about it. Now I will since I went back the other day and dug around and found some of the spine. The bones are really old and a lot are worn out. Most of the bones are broken and old, except one femur and jaw. But other than that it’s a broken femur and tibia. Not sure where the other tibia went. The skull is broken too. Since I found no trace of where antlers would grow, I’m thinking this was a female. If I find more of her I’ll update it!

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Dangers

Since I have a free period at school right now and have nothing whatsoever to do, I’ll write about the dangers of going to the forest. The first is ticks. Ticks are what I like to call, vampires of the insect world. They suck blood and imbed themselves in your skin. Most of them are so tiny your nail looks big compared to them. I’ve had a few ticks on me as I went to the forest. Just crawling on me. Ticks are nasty little bugs though. They stick to pretty much everything so you do have to use some force getting them off. The biggest thing is that the only way to kill them is to flush it down the toilet or burn it. My dad and I both stepped on tick trying to kill it (a total of like 210 pounds) and it wouldn’t die. If a tick does imbed themselves, you usually get symptoms of a common cold or the flu. A doctor can remove it for you. The tick you should be really worried about it the deer tick. They can give you lime disease which takes a lot of time to get rid of and makes you quite sick. Deer ticks look like this:

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If you have a dog or outdoor cat you will want to get the line disease shot from a vet. That will protect them if they ever catch one.

The next danger in the forests are brown recluse spiders. I know they live in North America but are rare. I don’t know about other countries. The brown recluse is very deadly. A bite can kill you if you don’t get to the hospital in less than 15-30 minutes depending on where the bite is. People have lost legs/arms because of where the bite was and how fast it spreads. My mom told me about the brown recluse after my incident when I found the 4 spiders in Alyssa’s skull. Brown recluses are very large!

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Just googling pictures of it gives me the creeps.

Those are the basic bugs to look out for in the forest. Bad people are a different story for another day!

School :(

So school started for me today which means I’m going to be posting less often 😦 Leah and I will still be going bone hunting though! And when winter comes along I don’t know what I’ll talk about since the ground will be frozen and covered with snow!

A teacher last year called me bones because I told him about my collection and so this year all my teachers asked if I had a nickname and I told them they can call me bones 🙂 most of them won’t but I hope at some point they will!

~bones!~

Elizabeth the Eastern Chipmunk

So today as I was driving back from karate I spotted a dead chipmunk towards the middle of the road. I went back to investigate when I got home (the road that it got killed on wasn’t far from my house) and it was perfect! It was not squished, very freshly killed. The head was probably the body part that got hit, which means the skull is damaged. So I decided to bury the chipmunk in some mesh that I found, so that in about 6 months (even though the ground will be frozen with snow) I’m going to dig it up and collect the bones! Unfortunately I forgot my phone so no pictures 😦 I’m pretty sure this was a girl because I couldn’t see any male parts. Not sure though, it (she?) was starting to bloat and rot so I didn’t look much. So I’m giving it a girl name! See you in 6 months Elizabeth.

Louis (or Lois if its a girl) the baby bird

Today I was going rollerblading and in the middle of the road is baby bird. At first I thought it was dead but I bent down and it was breathing. I wanted to move it but was scared it wouldn’t let, me and I never touch wild animals without gloves so I quickly went home and grabbed 2 gloves before a car came and ran over it! It’s foot appeared to be broken, and the wing was crooked. So I took it (I’m going to call it a him) home and put some bird seed in the cage with water too. He took a bath but wouldn’t eat. Below is him clinging onto the cage

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I had to go to work (summer job) and so I had my mom text me pictures of how he was doing throughout the time. He was NOISY. He was hungry! He’s so small that we tried some worm but he wouldn’t eat it. My mom googled how to take care of a baby bird and they said soggy dog food or an hard boiled egg yolk. He wouldn’t eat that either.
We also read that baby birds need warmth so we built a small nest out of fabric scraps and put him under a lamp. He still won’t be quiet. If he doesn’t eat he’ll die since he can’t fly. I just fed him again and he ate! Hurrah! And now its quiet (thank goodness) so hopefully he’ll be asleep for a while.

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I know this isn’t really a bone post so in other news Bobby the chipmunk is starting to smell pretty bad, but I don’t want his skeleton to fall apart like Cameron’s. So I’m thinking of trying hydrogen peroxide. Hope it works!

The bleaching process

So I’ve been planning this post for a while, but to get pictures for the process takes a while because you have to wait a week or so while you bleach! Some people bleach their bones with hydrogen peroxide but I use bleach because it whitens the bones and kills ALL bugs! So here we go

Step 1: I lay out all my bones to make sure there are no bugs and see how dirty they are to see if I need to rinse them off

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Step 2: once I rinse them off or decide I don’t need to rinse them off, I put them in a bucket. I put the taller bones in first, to make sure they fit. Sometimes having a femur, tibia or even a humerus will stick out. If that happens and the bleach doesn’t reach all the way to the top of the bone I flip it around halfway through.

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In the picture the femur goes up really far so I did flip it around.

Step 3: add bleach. I usually fill the bucket half full with bleach and the other half with water. The water dims the smell of the bleach and you don’t use as much bleach. Either way it still gets the bones nice and white.

Step 4: wait a week or so

Step 5: take the bones out and be sure to rinse them very well. They will take some time to dry since they’ve been soaking for a week. They also might be a different color. Like the femur in my picture has some black. That’s none marrow. It usually will go away when it dries.

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I keep it there for a day or 2 while it dries and then I move it with my other bones!

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