Monday, November 17, 2008
The Deer: One Week Later
Saturday, there was a spiraling flock of vultures over the pond area, adjacent to the woods where the dead deer lies.
The doe's body is in such thick brush that the vultures are mostly frustrated, so they only circle then go off to find easier pickings. The one in the picture was preening and cleaning in the late afternoon light.
The deer is finally showing some change after staying pretty normal looking for a few days. Last week had rain, warm temps, and freezing temps, so the decomp rate probably fluctuated a lot.
The smell has definitely fluctuated, with one day midweek having even me thinking about burying the thing. Then it abated and practically was nonexistent for a bit during a warm rainy day in where I would have expected lots of smell.
Time and decomposition marches on. I'll update you a week from now on the process.
So far none of my dogs have been tempted to roll in it ... keep your fingers crossed.
I'll balance this icky post with a happy Bear video tomorrow ... maybe two if I can hold the blow dryer and the camera at the same time.