Bone hunting 2-16-13

Sorry I haven’t written since pretty much last year! Been super busy with school. And the ground is frozen here so I can’t go in the forest. But one of my friends wanted to go bone hunting with me, not Leah. I told him that we can try but there’s still some snow on the the ground and it may be icy. We went anyway and it wasn’t too cold out! We went to the area where I found Alyssa and I might have found some metatarsals or metacarpals (feet and hand bones) that belong to Alyssa. But we also found a little bit of another spine! No skin on it, it was green from the moss. It was only the sacrum and coccyx (tailbone) and some lumbar vertebrae. There were scattered ribs and thoracic vertebrae (middle spine column)

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I had gloves on, and I have an iPhone so it was hard to take the picture. The sacrum is towards the bottom left of the picture. It is a large sacrum which indicates it was a male deer. Deer bones are the most common and biggest bones you can find in the forest where I live.

In November I went to the forest with some family friends and I found a dead raccoon, all the organs were gone but it smelled just like Hannah. Very nasty. I didn’t have my phone so my dad took some pictures but then realized he deleted them! So I would have written about it sooner but I didn’t have pictures, and pictures make everything better! It was near where I found Alyssa (all the bones I find seem to be on that hill!) I couldn’t tell if it was a male or female and the bones still have some skin and fur on them, and now they’re in some ice. I didn’t want to pull the skin off the bones when it’s frozen because that can hurt the bones. So in a few months when the ice and snow are all gone I can look at the pelvis and see! The skull was broken in what looked like 2 pieces. I don’t know why, maybe an animal stepped on it. Raccoon skulls are fragile- as is any skull!

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That blue thing is my friends glove pointing to the jaw of the raccoon. It was still attached to whatever skin was there.

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The bones are in a pile, in November it was more spread out since all the bones were still attached to the skin. You could also pick up the fur and bones in November. But the more you moved it the more it smelled!
Before we left I went over to the area where Leah found her deer skull in the tree and where we found the first spine. We found that the tree we found the skull in had fallen! It fell into another tree but didn’t damage the other one. It was a very old and rotted tree so that wasn’t a surprise.
In a little less than a month it will be the 1 year anniversary of when Leah and I first went into the forest!! Big bone hunt coming up!!