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Roadkill [Feb. 2nd, 2009|04:19 pm]
I admit it, I have a penchant for the gross, the creepy. Not in a Faces of Death kind of way...but will admit a certain fascination with the process of decay. Plus, as a child, my Dad would challenge me to identify animals -- at the Museum of Natural History or Peabody, they'd have those diaromas and at the base they'd list all of the animals inside -- back before they made it easy...he'd bet me that I couldn't find them all and identify them correctly.

Both meld when I'm in a car, bored in traffic, spotting some fur, bones, bits of critter on the side of the road -- name that roadkill! When it's fresh, not so hard, and always makes me sad but after a week or so of snow, rain, salt...or the high heat of August, it's not a slam-dunk and my inner geek pushes aside my inner empath.

Today, as I was driving back to work from walking the Percy-Geezer, I passed by a beautiful red fox. Sad. But easy to ID. The next one was easy, too, bits of colored paper in bright primary and neon colors, all in a pile beside the Jersey barrier. Hah! Piece of cake!


[User Picture]From: mistressfetch
2009-02-02 10:02 pm (UTC)
Be careful or the spiteful clown ninjas will send you one of those pinatas we saw pictures of last eve :-)

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[User Picture]From: lowlandscot
2009-02-02 10:17 pm (UTC)
Why would someone leave a dead clown on the shoulder? I thought there was a bounty on them.
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[User Picture]From: skivee
2009-02-02 10:52 pm (UTC)
I'm surprized that the remains were moved to the shoulder. Most folks I know would just keep rollin' over the corpse till it was ground to dust. You may recall the Britsih medical study last year that showed that 0% of children in a Yorkshire regional hospital wanted visits from clowns. Most found them outright disturbing.
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[User Picture]From: piratekalia
2009-02-03 12:03 am (UTC)
Can you look under my car and identify the animal I killed last night after leaving chez geva?

It's name could have been "peter".

I cried all the way home...dammit!
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[User Picture]From: warriorsway
2009-02-03 12:09 pm (UTC)
You are SUCH a perv.
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[User Picture]From: regineaubergine
2009-02-03 08:43 pm (UTC)
I have a friend who is a herpetologist. He would stop for every road killed snake, turtle, lizard, toad, etc. on all his travels and collect any usable specimens to go into the study collection at the Natrual History Museum. His wife said to me on a recent road trip "It is such a pleasure traveling with you and not having to stop for every little scrap along the road." Many of the bits my friend would veer off to check out turned out to be just broken fan belts or other automotive detritus. He does have a pretty good eye for it though and can often tell from 50 yards exactly what species of snake is DOR (this is used in the museum catalog records to indicate "Dead On Road").
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