Posted on May 13, 2012
By Michael Griffiths
13th May 2012: Did an animal drop its dinner, or did the wood mouse drop dead?
Category: Wilden Marsh Nature Reserve Tags: nature, Nature Photography., Wilden Marsh, Wilden Marsh Nature Reserve, wildlife photography, Wood Mouse
I’ll go with dropped dinner due to the small head wound. (:
I agree, melissa. I thought that small head wound was an ant: I will check. 🙂
Hard to imagine some critter dropping it’s dinner and not retrieving it, but maybe it still will go back and pick it up.
I think the mouse was dropped by a bird, probably a buzzard, when mobbed by a crow.
I think you’re on the right track with your former thought. Successful predators do not normally drop their prey. I’d speculate that the predator that got the mouse fell prey, in turn, to another predator (probably winged) and suddenly dropped everything in the face of a larger dilemma.
Its tail is a bit mangled, which might suggest this.
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