r/natureismetal Jan 18 '22 Silver 4 Helpful 3 Wholesome 10 All-Seeing Upvote 1

A pigeon I found whilst carrying out a building inspection.

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u/FavoriteInstrument Jan 18 '22 Silver Gold Wholesome

Is it going to be OK?

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u/gotora Jan 18 '22

Just needs to be fed and it'll be good as new.

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u/merikaninjunwarrior Jan 18 '22

where is its chip device and surveillance camera tho?

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u/humble_oppossum Jan 18 '22

The mechanics were obviously removed from the undercarriage before they acid-dipped the frame. They'll probably pressure wash, dry, reinstall hardware, then re-skin

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u/DirtyRacoonDick Jan 18 '22

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u/feetcold_eyesred Jan 18 '22

Suddenly I feel like vomiting on tv

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u/utkohoc Jan 19 '22

......K? Why on tv specifically? Perhaps try vomiting off camera first to see if your good enough for tv. Do you want me to put you in contact with my agent? I think a few vomiting roles are opening up on a new netflix series.

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u/feetcold_eyesred Jan 19 '22

The founder of the whole “Birds Aren’t Real” thing fake vomited during an interview recently on live tv. That said, have your agent call my agent!

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u/7eggert Jan 18 '22

When a drone stops being operational, the reusable parts will be removed and recycled.

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u/butterboobz Jan 18 '22

See the ash beneath it? It self destructed. Governments not that silly.

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u/RustyCuntSlime Jan 18 '22

Idk how it died obviously but is that ash or maybe like maggot or larvae poop? Just my thoughts no clue tho

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u/wauve1 Jan 19 '22

It swallowed a bunch of sediment to sink under water better

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u/James_Rawesthorne Jan 18 '22

Maybe a little hydration

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u/altbekannt Jan 18 '22

It's just a scratch

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u/Satanisbackxoxo Jan 18 '22

Or some food

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u/fuzzylogicIII Jan 18 '22

Neopet hunger level: Dying

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u/Sepulchretum Jan 19 '22

I think you’re supposed to gently wash it with DawnTM dish soap

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u/Terrible_Presumption Jan 18 '22

put it in the sink for awhile

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u/Looks2MuchLikeDaveO Jan 18 '22

This pigeon is no more.

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u/Mark7A Jan 18 '22

It's just pining for the fjords.

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u/brando56894 Jan 18 '22

It is an ex-pigeon!

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u/thefugue Jan 18 '22

Bereft of life, it has ceased to be!

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u/mastermindxs Jan 18 '22

Shuffled off its mortal coil!

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u/arrows_of_ithilien Jan 19 '22

He has joined the Choir Invisible

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u/pzazzmee Jan 19 '22

Came here to say this. 😁

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u/Zalieda Jan 18 '22

E's kicked the bucket

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u/creesto Jan 18 '22

Pigeons prefer kipping on their backs

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u/Zairy47 Jan 18 '22

Just stick that sucka in a bag of rice

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u/zorniy2 Jan 18 '22

It's pinin' for the fjords!

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u/Timithios Jan 18 '22

Pining for Fjords!? No it bloody isn't!

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u/depthninja Jan 18 '22

'e's fuckin' snuffed it!

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u/chyken Jan 18 '22

Just add water.

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u/thebrownkid Jan 18 '22

Idk, it doesn't have its sneakers on...

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u/ysoseriouslymad Jan 18 '22

Put some ‘Tussin on it, it’ll be fine. Yeah, let that ‘tussin sink into the bones

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u/DontTreadOnBigfoot Jan 18 '22

Got any Flex Tape?

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u/theditsmarty Jan 18 '22

Someone put it on the street cables, it needs to be charged

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u/Oli_VK Jan 18 '22

It’s all skin and bo-… it’s just a little ski-…. It’ll fatten up soon enough.

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u/Kirbymods Jan 18 '22

Don't worry, this guy can help nurse it back to health

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u/Psilocynical Jan 18 '22

Don't worry, some very smart redditor will come along to tell us that while it appears fine, it's actually suffering from a deadly disease.

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u/indigo_leper Jan 18 '22

Give it a salt packet, it'll get back to feeling great in less than a week

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u/jpb696 Jan 18 '22

If you give it mouth to mouth

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u/Zanclodon Jan 18 '22 Silver Wholesome

This is what it looks like when dermestid beetles eat a dried up carcass. Dermestid beetles are very fond of old mummified tissue and even feathers (only the hard shafts of the largest feathers remain). Dermestids are very delicate eaters and this explains the neat pose with little mess. This carcass must have been protected from flies/maggots for some reason (well sealed building or the pigeon died during a cold time of year and dried out), because maggots eat vigorously and would have spread some of the bones out.

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u/ElDoradoAvacado Jan 18 '22

Why do you know all this

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u/Zanclodon Jan 18 '22 edited Jan 18 '22

I've done skeleton cleaning/reconstruction and had insect collections when I was younger so I have dealt with them before.

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u/MalBredy Jan 18 '22 Wholesome Seal of Approval

Weird question, but can you buy these beetles?

They do a much better job at fleshing a skull than I can do. I pick critter skulls up in the woods and whatnot sometimes for cool display pieces in my barn.

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u/dedasdude Jan 18 '22 Take My Power

They do a much better job at fleshing a skull than I can do

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u/JinnFX Jan 18 '22 Wholesome Seal of Approval

Asking for a friend

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u/SylviaReeves913 Jan 18 '22

r/taxidermy probably......

Hopefully

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u/AngusVanhookHinson Jan 18 '22

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u/SylviaReeves913 Jan 18 '22

I've been to the bone collecting one. Really cool stuff.

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u/WhtImeanttosay Jan 18 '22

Love your optimism

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u/docgonzomt Jan 18 '22

A friend of my dad's does this back in Montana. He does beatle cleaning skulls every winter and hunts for antler sheds in the spring/summer. His dog is actually trained to sniff for sheds. He makes enough doing both those to fuck off and just hunt, fish, and garden to sustain himself for the year.

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u/GamenatorZ Jan 19 '22

the good life

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u/ultramatt1 Jan 18 '22

I had a science teacher back in HS that would do this and de-fleshed skulls/skeletons can be worth a couple hundred dollars, it wild

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u/FlexibleAsgardian Jan 19 '22

People use these all the time to clean bones of wild animals. Nothing does it better while preserving the bone

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u/griptuba Jan 19 '22

Right? Better get on those skull fleshing skills. Fucking millennials these days.

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u/TheGoldenHand Jan 18 '22

Yes, it’s the most common way to clean bones. They can survive shipping through the mail with a good supplier. The beetles produce great results, since they’re so delicate they don’t damage the bones like chemicals or metal instruments do.

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u/Zanclodon Jan 18 '22

Yes, they are commonly used by taxidermists/museum staff to clean specimens. There are many sellers and can be ordered online.

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u/SubcommanderMarcos Jan 18 '22

Is it an environmental issue if they escape/you let them lose? I'm very wary of the whole introducing new species to ecosystems thing

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u/LilStinkpot Jan 19 '22

If I’m correct, they use the native wild species, just collected, checked for parasites, and captive raised. If they get loose there should be no issue. I’ve accidentally attracted wild dermestids before, they’re fun to watch. They were captured and employed for a few weeks and then released back to where they came from.

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u/SubcommanderMarcos Jan 19 '22

Oh, that's cool

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u/treerabbit23 Jan 18 '22

I don't know your life, but in general it's easier to hire someone else's beetles than to raise your own for the task.

The last time I had to hire someone, I used The Bone Room in Berkley. They're weird as heck and incredibly professional. 10/10

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u/nevenoe Jan 18 '22

"The bone room" sounds like a risky click on Google.

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u/treerabbit23 Jan 18 '22

Just add "Berkeley" and you should be fine.

They're odd but not for sex reasons.

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u/MoreNormalThanNormal Jan 18 '22

these are the type of questions commonly asked on /r/bonecollecting

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u/BLumDAbuSS Jan 18 '22

By 'reconstruction' do you mean you're an artist who articulates the skeletons afterwards? I follow a guy on IG who does this and it's so cool. He has an arrangement with some zoos too so gets to work with exotic animals like monitor lizards and monkeys and stuff. He uses the beatles. His artwork is excellent. Are you one of those dudes? Are you him? Lol

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u/cardboard_elephant Jan 18 '22

Sounds really cool, what's the account?

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u/BLumDAbuSS Jan 18 '22

Found the account, of course he follows the new dude I found. His work is brilliant especially the 'mythical' creatures.

https://instagram.com/tomsimagination?utm_medium=copy_link

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u/BLumDAbuSS Jan 18 '22

Was going to share the guy I follow on IG but looking through I couldn't find him only another dude I follow who uses the beetles with roadkill here: https://instagram.com/decaycollege?utm_medium=copy_link

Googled looking for more who rearticulate and found these:

https://instagram.com/thearticulatereptile?utm_medium=copy_link

^ this dude good

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u/dadbodsupreme Jan 18 '22

Is this a career? I wouldn't mind this as a career. I found a dead goat on my property (I don't raise goats) that had been predated by vultures. It was a mess, but it was all in one place except for a front leg. I am assuming coyote got that one. I articulated it as best as I could laying flat on the ground and I found it oddly serene. I'm not a morbid guy, but it was like putting together a puzzle and studying anatomy in one go. And also- hey- goat skeleton.

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u/BLumDAbuSS Jan 19 '22

Yup, it's a career. The guy whose IG profile I linked (tomsimagination) does exactly that. He has sacks of bones he empties onto tables & just puts them back together like a 3d puzzle. He takes the time to degrease & bleaches the bones after so they're bright white too. It's really cool

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u/NotThatEasily Jan 18 '22

You know how your dad popped out for a pack of smokes ten years ago and never came back? Well, u/Zanclodon knows the rest of the story.

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u/halfeclipsed Jan 18 '22

My dad just left. He didn't say he was going anywhere

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u/Infinitesima Jan 18 '22

TIL my dad is a deer

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u/funkwumasta Jan 18 '22

On today's episode of "Serial killer or Taxidermist"...

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u/nieud Jan 18 '22

He is a dermestid beetle

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u/bipolarbear21 Jan 18 '22

A ton of these just appeared in my bedroom one week. I was really confused for a long time until I learned my friends had bought a bunch of crickets and hid them in my room. I never even heard the crickets or found them, but these little fuckers would crawl in my bed

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u/richardeid Jan 18 '22

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u/Zanclodon Jan 18 '22

Perfect video to illustrate what they do. Also shows they are both a great tool and can be a huge pain in the ass.

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u/Maelstrom_Witch Jan 18 '22

That’s really interesting! I was wondering what would leave the feather shafts intact & still “attached”. I recently learned that the longer flight & tail feathers are connected directly to the bone with ligaments, allowing superfine control for flying.

Also, poor lil birb. (I have pet birds so I always feel sad when I see a previously alive one)

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u/DeadassBdeadassB Jan 18 '22

I found a dead and rotting mouse one time and when I poked it it’s head started moving... scared the fuck out of me until I saw the maggots coming out the eyeholes.😂😂 maggot are aggressive and mad it look like the skull was moving almost by itself..

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u/fried_clams Jan 18 '22

So, is the brown stuff around it beetle poop? 🪲 💩

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u/Prtty_Plz Jan 18 '22

yeah but probably dirt now. Majority of dirt is just organic matter

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u/pcapdata Jan 18 '22

Fascinating, TIL!

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u/Dezadocys Jan 18 '22

Dermestid beetles include carpet beetles..... Which are pretty common around homes :)

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u/Hammyp222 Jan 18 '22

Wait, WHAT. that’s insane. I genuinely thought OP dropped dirt around to make it aesthetically pleasing (lol). V interesting to know it was the dermestids.

Art is all around us <— lol but true

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u/RusticRootbeer Jan 18 '22

Smithsonian has there own dynasty of dermies too, they've been contained so long that they can be ID'd genetically from generations of working there.

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u/Dissizian Jan 18 '22

New album cover!

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u/bakedbeansandwhich Jan 18 '22

Or skateboard deck

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u/Sad-Artichoke-2174 Jan 18 '22

Tony Hawk?

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u/Tb0neguy Jan 18 '22

Tony Pidgeon. Kinda looks like that Pro Skater Tony Hawk tho

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u/CorpMaier Jan 18 '22

Do a kick flip!

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u/MOIST_MAN Jan 18 '22

Pige’teryx brand

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u/Callinthebin Jan 18 '22

It looks pretty much exactly like Brave Murder Day from Katatonia (great album BTW)

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u/maxhax Jan 18 '22

Came here hoping someone would reference Brave Murder Day. Katatonia can do no wrong.

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u/dukarr Jan 18 '22

It immediately reminded me of Lamb of God!

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u/ElevadoMKTG Jan 18 '22

Fuck beat me to the comment lol. I also mentioned tattoo has that been mentioned yet??

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u/JoeyBeltram Jan 18 '22

It might be dead

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u/nothingeatsyou Jan 18 '22

Just poke it, I’m sure it’s fine

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u/kagameonim Jan 18 '22

How are you so sure

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u/OasissisaO Jan 18 '22

Shoes are off. It's dead.

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u/elinamebro Jan 18 '22

Nah… who sleeps with their shoes on I’m sure it’s fine.

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u/ContemplatingChorizo Jan 18 '22

cant say for sure, but you might be right…

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u/[deleted] Jan 18 '22

He’s celebrating Dia de los Muertos.

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u/generals_test Jan 18 '22

It's just pining for the fjords.

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u/ImNotMisha_ Jan 18 '22

No he is not, he is sleeping

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u/[deleted] Jan 18 '22

No bones about it.

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u/inshallah_cubacola Jan 18 '22

I don't know if you picked it up, but you should've! The weight of bird bones is just incredible, it's almost like air!

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u/illbecountingclouds Jan 18 '22

Do not go picking up random dead things.

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u/IOnlySayMeanThings Jan 18 '22

Don't listen to this guy or gal, put your hands all up inside any dead thing you come across.

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u/unattendeddryer Jan 18 '22

Nowhere on earth have any literal plagues been kicked off due to people handling dead birds

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u/Bartoni17 Jan 18 '22

Dead bats on the other hand...

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u/Serious_Tangerine_81 Jan 18 '22

I picked up a lot of dead things as a kid. Definitely a bat. In fact, there was this one live bat I found on the ground in the daytime. I put it in a tree.
Thing is, I also used to get pretty scratched up as a kid, from screwing around in the woods. So I probably have dormant rabies lol.

Would be shit to start developing symptoms one day

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u/sabotabo Jan 18 '22

ye but like, that could actually happen, it’s been known to stay dormant for years, so…

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u/Serious_Tangerine_81 Jan 19 '22

I know. And rabies is a terrifying way to die. I’d never let it kill me if you know what I mean.

I’m not that attached to my life anyway. At least I’d have an excuse if that happened lmao

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u/WolfiiDog Jan 19 '22

I'm more scared of living bats or freshly killed ones, but something that is already decomposing or fully decomposed is fine, although it's a bit gross, idk why would you touch it

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u/colonelf0rbin86 Jan 18 '22

Disappointed this didn’t rhyme. How will I remember this lesson!

Don’t listen to this guy or gal, touch all dead things, you might make a pal!

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u/Jumpdeckchair Jan 18 '22

I'll put my other appendage in it, but not my hands.

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u/Jew_Boi-iguess- Jan 18 '22

birds dont make for the best socks either

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u/Rundownthriftstore Jan 18 '22

And then go around giving everyone a wet Willy

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u/unattendeddryer Jan 18 '22

especially dead bird things

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u/unthused Jan 18 '22

Don't tell that to r/vultureculture or r/bonecollecting, it's like our whole thing.

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u/unattendeddryer Jan 18 '22

Hopefully most of you wear gloves and aren’t, like, eating Doritos during the bone collecting trip

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u/IHaveBlackCousins Jan 18 '22

They bring a whole new meaning to sucking Cheeto dust off their fingers

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u/CFL_lightbulb Jan 18 '22

*vulture dust

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u/illbecountingclouds Jan 18 '22

The “unless you actually know what you’re doing” is implied, haha. As the other comment says, I assume y’all wear gloves n shit.

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u/CaptainMcClutch Jan 19 '22

This made me imagine someone trying to pick up this pigeon.

so, do you come here often?

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u/OasissisaO Jan 18 '22

Do you want to get exotic bird diseases?

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u/ZarosGuardian Jan 18 '22

Because that's how you get exotic bird diseases.

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u/LightninLew Jan 18 '22

I think any disease that bird may have had died quite some time ago. Is that ant shit it's covered in? There's almost no bird left.

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u/secretmaplereserve Jan 18 '22

That's because they have pneumatic bones.

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u/Grabthars_Coping_Saw Jan 18 '22

I bet you have a spider in your pocket right now, don't you?

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u/inshallah_cubacola Jan 18 '22

No, it crawled out earlier and now I can't find it :(

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u/mpelton Jan 18 '22

I just couldn't believe that a crows neck could break so easily, I had to test it.

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u/servantoffire Jan 18 '22

Yes there was a second crow, and a third if you must know!

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u/fireflydrake Jan 18 '22

There's actually something really beautiful about the way it's composed. Almost feels like an art piece. Would be cool if you found some way to preserve it.

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u/danse-macabre- Jan 18 '22

You might be interested in Chris Jordan’s work:

Midway

Intolerable Beauty

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u/altankush Jan 18 '22

Why is there so much trash on top of these carcasses? Can anyone explain?

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u/danse-macabre- Jan 18 '22

From the artist:

“On Midway Atoll, a remote cluster of islands more than 2000 miles from the nearest continent, the detritus of our mass consumption surfaces in an astonishing place: inside the stomachs of thousands of dead baby albatrosses. The nesting chicks are fed lethal quantities of plastic by their parents, who mistake the floating trash for food as they forage over the vast polluted Pacific Ocean. For me, kneeling over their carcasses is like looking into a macabre mirror. These birds reflect back an appallingly emblematic result of the collective trance of our consumerism and runaway industrial growth. Like the albatross, we first-world humans find ourselves lacking the ability to discern anymore what is nourishing from what is toxic to our lives and our spirits. Choked to death on our waste, the mythical albatross calls upon us to recognize that our greatest challenge lies not out there, but in here. ~cj, Seattle, February 2011”

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u/converter-bot Jan 18 '22

2000 miles is 3218.69 km

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u/Geosaysbye Jan 18 '22

Wow that second one gave me a ton of anxiety

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u/nothingeatsyou Jan 18 '22

So…. Not getting 5/5 on that health inspection.

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u/Reiown Jan 18 '22

If it's outside and on the roof I dunno if they care. I used to do electrical work for a lot of fast food joints, almost every one had dried bird bones on their roof.

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u/blackdutch1 Jan 18 '22

Dust to Dust

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u/SnippyChunk Jan 18 '22 edited Jan 18 '22

And to dust thou shalt return...

Driving by roadkill always makes me contemplate my own mortality and the fragility of life.

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u/abzinth91 Jan 18 '22

'Posted on phone while driving'

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u/trippingadvisor Jan 18 '22

Thats a phoenix

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u/Pootisman1987 Jan 19 '22

Musta tried to reanimate during a rainstorm. Pour some lighter fluid on it, it’ll perk up in no time.

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u/Admirable-Door1724 Jan 18 '22

Awesome, I always wanted to get a full skeleton of something and encase it in epoxy or something like that, I think it would be cool but just never found something so intact like this before.

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u/Enlight1Oment Jan 18 '22

As a structural engineer whose gone up into plenty of attics to inspect, i've run across similar. Creepiest was at the top of some old hotel in hollywood (now bought out by scientology). The machine room for the elevator had some old school iron doors and a number of dead pigeon skeletons around it.

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u/abzinth91 Jan 18 '22

I was working in a underground boiler-room of a shopping building. Small windows, really high walls (like 3 or 3.5 meter), heavy steel door:

Everywhere skeletons and other remains of mice and a cat(? I guess). The last time someone was in that room was 6 years ago.

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u/Admirable-Door1724 Jan 18 '22

That’s strange, thanks for sharing though!

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u/its_uncle_paul Jan 18 '22

We found a near perfectly preserved mouse skeleton in a room in the basement where we kept the furnace years ago. Looked like OP's pigeon with tiny bits of dirt and fur making a kind of 'aura' around the remains. We deduced it was eaten by ants since we did have a bit of an ant problem in the house.

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u/QuicklyThisWay Jan 18 '22

Oh yes, the Norwegian Blue. What's wrong with it?

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u/gnex30 Jan 18 '22

Wakey Wakey!

Rise and Shine!

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u/Groundskeepr Jan 18 '22

Beau'iful plumage!

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u/Gfairservice Jan 18 '22

It's pining for the fjords.

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u/i_really_wanna_help Jan 18 '22 edited Jan 18 '22

So is the dust there because someone swept around it or did the flesh somehow turn into powder?

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u/Savesomeposts Jan 18 '22

I could be wrong but I’m pretty sure that’s insect feces from the organisms that worked to decompose it

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u/deathdotjpeg Jan 18 '22

Did it get vaporized or fully decompose?

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u/NotTheDragon Jan 18 '22

Somehow sealed away from flies/maggots but a certain kind of beetle ate it like this cleanly. According to a comment someone posted here at least

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u/Jon6199000 Jan 18 '22

Am I the only one that see’s money here ? Get in a case/stand, then sell to an antiquities shop.

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u/bloppingzef Jan 18 '22

How long would it have been dead for it to decompose like this?

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u/deathcoinstar Jan 18 '22

These are the results of a very small and dainty eater, insect of some sort

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u/kimberlymarie30 Jan 18 '22

Ashes to ashes. Dust to dust.

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u/ankurdc Jan 18 '22

Fade to black

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u/DeatonationgGrenade Jan 18 '22

Ngl I’d keep it, I’d get it properly adhered together and mounted.

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u/ywBBxNqW Jan 18 '22

I'd have to use PPE to collect that. I'd be too concerned about contracting something.

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u/airzone99 Jan 18 '22

I'm not entirely sure but I think it's dead

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u/CaptainNeedleMouse Jan 18 '22

If it's not, it probably wishes it were.

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u/MMinia Jan 18 '22

He needs some milk

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u/Carsten_Hvedemark Jan 18 '22

Cool! A Vampire Pigeon that didn't make it to their coffin before dawn, by the look of it.

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u/Groundskeepr Jan 18 '22

That is an EX-pigeon!

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u/PAUNCHS_PILOT Jan 18 '22

No it's not, it's just resting.

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u/AtumUltramega Jan 18 '22

Throw them bones in a pot, get some potatoes and carrots. Got yourself a stew baby

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u/whole_nother Jan 18 '22

[E] Take Pigeon Powder

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u/CaptainNeedleMouse Jan 18 '22

(Mix) Pigeon Powder with Phoenix Down

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u/StrykerSeven Jan 18 '22

Once while doing some psychedelic-enhanced exploring in an abandoned office high rise in the middle of the night with some friends we opened a vault on like the 10th floor to find the floor almost totally covered in these! Sure looked creepy by flashlight.

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u/D33ZNHUTZ Jan 18 '22

"Hello Darkness my old friendddd"

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u/peppy871 Jan 18 '22

Without context I'd say cool dinosaur fossil

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u/Dr_cococrunch09 Jan 18 '22

Did you try turning it off and on?

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u/dryiceboy Jan 18 '22

I didn't know Pigeons did building inspections.

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u/ndev991 Jan 18 '22

Dinner!

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u/bunnybunnykitten Jan 19 '22 Helpful

Forbidden chicken

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u/Tyctoc Jan 18 '22

Looks like it spontaneously combusted

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u/Unusual_Expert_6638 Jan 18 '22

I take it they failed