Road kill!!! (WARNING: GRAPHIC PICTURES.)

About a week ago driving down the big street near my house (and the forest preserve) I noticed a deer road kill. And one that animal control (hopefully!!!) won’t find. It’s on the side of the road but blends in well (full picture below)

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It’s hard to see since the grasses are brown, and cars are going 40 mph. I’ve been wanting to go check it out for a while and so today after school I did. I had thought that the head had come off since I couldn’t see it. It was hit by a car pretty fast and pretty hard. The femurs and definitely a humerus (arm) will be broken. The arm was already snapped back by head as seen in the picture below.

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It was decomposing very nicely though, as long as animal control doesn’t find it before I have time to grab the bones 🙂 it is supposed to rain tomorrow but maybe that will speed up the decomposition process. Or make it smell worse. Probably both. When I first got to the deer it didn’t smell, then a gust of wind blew my way and I almost gagged. It smelled like bloody murder, spoiled milk, rotten eggs, a raw spoiled meat. So I ran to my bike and rode home. Updates on the deer later! Oh by the way it was female. I’ll name her Hannah. 🙂

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My new favorite bone

Leah found this jawbone in the forest like 5 months ago and I’ve been wanting it ever since. I adore this jawbone and it is so rare since baby deer don’t die often. The last time that Leah and I went to the forest I found a baby deer jaw. It probably goes with her jaw. I was so happy when I found it. The top is a little broken but I love it. I know it’s a baby jawbone because it’s very small and not all the teeth have grown in. I compared it with an adult one below.

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The tooth that hasn’t grown in yet is the picture below. It’s sort of hard to see but it’s the last one on the left.

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Now Leah and I both have a baby deer jaw. But it doesn’t mean I don’t still want hers 🙂

My 4 million year old jaw bone

The town that I live in has a sidewalk sale every July and this July there was a woman selling like gems, rocks, arrowheads, etc. while looking through the pile of stuff that there was I came across part of a jawbone. I was with Leah so I showed her and the tag said ‘oreodont jawbone’ found in South Dakota. I bought it (it was only 4 dollars!) Leah also found another tiny piece of the jaw and bought that one. When I got home I googled oreodont. Oreodonts are prehistoric hog like creatures that lived 31-34 million years ago! They became extinct 4 million years ago.

The skull looks like this:

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People that have their skulls sell for around 60-100 dollars, but since mine is a tiny part of the jaw it wasn’t much money. Oreodonts were also very common animals, probably like seeing a deer (where I live) today. Below is the part of the jaw I have

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I’m thrilled that I have it and that I was lucky enough to find it! It’s so cool!

Update on Bobby

In other post I think I mentioned that Bobby was starting to smell. So I put him in hydrogen peroxide hoping that he wouldn’t disintegrate like Cameron did. And he didn’t! Hydrogen peroxide is a lot less stronger than bleach as well.

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Gerry the rare heron!

This morning, about an hour after I woke up my mom came in my room to open the blinds and guess what was lying there? A heron! Since I live near a forest preserve I see them sometimes, but never ever a dead one. Herons are about a foot long with very long legs. Luckily my mom brought my phone out and I got pictures this time!

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My mom thinks it was flying really early this morning and got hit by a car. Which broke the wing and hobbled towards my lawn and died.

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So like Elizabeth/Elliot, I buried Gerry (boy or girl?) to get the bones. I’m so excited to get them since not a lot of people have a heron skeleton! Let alone a 15 year old. I felt bad for the bird though. I also felt bad when the first thing I said when my mom saw it was, “oh my god it’s dead! It’s dead hurray!” but I was excited. RIP Gerry! 🙂

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