Winter Casualty


Every year this time I see relics of those who didn’t survive the winter.   I’m not a forensic expert, but based on the thin orbital bones (around the eyes) and the occipital ridge (across top of head), this appears to be a striped skunk whose remains were probably scattered by vultures.   The skull, but nothing else, wound up on a beach.
A sad tale of hardship for the skunk, but it’s death likely provided life for others.

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