Owl pellets

A few weeks ago I went to this really cool store and it has cool bracelets, necklaces, t-shirts, toys, you name it. I’ve never seen anything bone related there expect on Halloween. The other day when I was there I found this kit called Owl Puke™. I thought it was weird but when I looked at it, it was a kit on dissecting owl pellets and contained actual owl pellets! I was so excited. If you don’t know what owl pellets are, its the skeleton of animals that the owl eats. Since the animal can’t digest a whole skeleton it has to come back up. Most kids in elementary school dissect them as a science project. The pellets are small, and grey in color and is mainly all fur, it’s not like human puke. The color varies though on what color rodent or small bird the owl ate.
The kit helped you identify what type of owl threw up its meal, and what it ate. When you get past the feeling of touching actual owl puke its really cool. Here’s what it looks like before you dissect it:

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And here’s what it looks like after (I took this picture, the one above is from google because I was excited to dissect it and forgot to take a picture)

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In the kit that I bought it came with a tray to put the bones that you find and I thought that was neat

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From what I found in my owl pellets, the owl ate many different rodents and a bird. I found 8 leg bones and that means 4 animals. There was only one skull which was disappointing since skulls are the most fun! It was also broken. There were a bunch of jaws as well. All together it was really cool and I haven’t written in a while, and its really cold here and bone hunting is getting harder!

Another Hannah update (no pictures sorry)

Sorry I haven’t been writing in a while, I’ve been needing to go back in the forest. I think it was about 2 weeks ago some family friends came over because one of their youngest daughters (they have twins and an older daughter) was fascinated with my bones and wanted to go bone hunting! They came over and we stopped at Hannah first to pour some hydrogen peroxide on her to help her decompose. She was doing better and I got a good look at her pelvis and noticed that her ilium (the top part of the pelvis) was very wide which suggested she had a doe (baby deer). I would put her age about 4 years old since most deer have their children at 2-3 years of age and there is no sign of old age on her spine or joints.

The next place we went to was the forest where Leah and I first went bone hunting, and where I found Alyssa. I didn’t find anymore bones that go with her though. And I was sort of sad we didn’t find any large bones because I think the twins would have loved a large femur or something. I did find a broken raccoon skull that Leah and I didn’t want do we threw it somewhere. I gave that to them and they liked that. Not much exciting things have happened in my bone world so that’s why I don’t have a lot to write about. Hopefully soon I can get back to the forest. If there’s a lot of snow this winter it will be harder to find bones so there will be less to write about. Although I could encounter more roadkill! Peace out for now!

Rabbit road kill (GRAPHIC)

As I was driving to ballet, right by my house there was road kill in the middle of the road and looked out the window and saw it was a rabbit. I would say bunny but it was way to big to be a bunny. I’ve never seen such a large rabbit alive let alone dead. So after ballet my dad and I decided to go check it out because even though its body was smashed, the head looked pretty decent and I’ve always wanted to find a rabbit skull. Here’s what my dad and I found:

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I’ll admit that the guts were gross, but I can stomach that (haha get it, the stomach was all over the road. Oh me and my bad humor ;)) and it didn’t smell. The head looked great but it was late at night and if I moved it more guts would spill out and I might get bloody. I figured I’ll find another rabbit some day, or I’ll just get a cat and maybe it can go out and kill a rabbit for me. It’ll probably be mostly gone tomorrow since its so close to the forest preserve, a coyote or raccoon will find it. Or animal control will. Oh well! I’m going to bone hunting with a family friend this weekend who thought it was cool that I collected bones so I’ll have pictures from that!

Hannah update

Yesterday my mom and I went to check out Hannah (what’s left of her) because its supposed to rain this weekend. Her spine is doing very well.

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We moved the spine over so it could dry out better. Since its supposed to rain this weekend I’m not too sure how that’ll work out. She still smelled putrid, the smell won’t go away for a long while. It was a short visit but hopefully before it snows we can get something out of it!

Bone hunting 10/28

A few days ago Leah and I decided to go bone hunting, we were originally going to go dig up near where we found the cow spine, but we were lazy so we went near Hannah. We went in some wooded area near where Hannah was buried to try and find her skull but we didn’t even find any bones. But we found a lot of burrs, plants that stick to EVERYTHING. My thick pants are all covered in them. After that we decided to go over to where Hannah was and the only thing that’s really left of her is her spine, and it’s seriously stuck in the ground. The 3 legs that were there are gone, I only found one leg about 70 feet away (I suck at math so this might be a lot different). Down below is her leg

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We also found 2 random bones that definitely don’t belong to Hannah. They’re old and no skin whatsoever on it.

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After we came out of the woods Leah found a dead snake. We thought it was alive so I threw some rocks at it, but I have horrible aim so 3 out of the 4 rocks I threw missed. Once the 4th one hit the snake and it didn’t move we decided it was dead and Leah wanted it because snake is all spine and she thought it was cool.

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And that’s what we found! After that we carved pumpkins for Halloween. 🙂