CSI Knoxville

I get a bit excited when I see American animals. An American friend talked about how boring it must be for me to see creatures like racoon and squirrel when I come from a country that has kangaroo and koala. The thing is, racoon and squirrel are just as exciting to me as a kangaroo or koala would be to an American. Hell, I even check out the roadkill as I drive past, fascinated by the exotic (to me) creatures unfortunate enough to get in the way of a car (racoons mainly. So many. And I am convinced that kangaroos are dumber than deer – I saw much more kangaroo as roadkill in Australia than I have seen deer here).

We found a skeleton of some creature on my in laws property, and really wanted to know what it was.

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I’m old enough to remember using our Funk and Wagnalls Encyclopedia set for school projects. If I’d found something like this then I would have had little hope finding out what it was without a lot of research. Not so now. To the internet!

So I had access to pics of the skulls of the likely suspects (a groundhog or a rabbit, leaning more toward groundhog), but I still wasn’t certain. And I wanted to be. I have a friend in Australia who can normally be counted on with such questions but I wasn’t sure he’d be awake.

Time to find someone passionate and knowledgeable about dead critters. To Reddit!

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I love that I live in a time where I can take a pic of a dead thing and someone out there will tell me what it is.

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2 Comments

  1. This is super cool. I studied biology and anthropology in college, so I have a strange fascination with skulls. The connections you can make online are so awesome.

    • Daniela

      Yeah it was super interesting. And once I had someone in the know point out the differences between a rabbit skull and a groundhog skull, it seemed so damn obvious!

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