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31st Aug 2006, 17:53   | tags:,,

Electric Sheep says:


Is it a red squirrel? 'cause the greys are vermin.

31st Aug 2006, 17:56

Joe says:

poor little fella

31st Aug 2006, 17:57

mat says:

Sheep - no, but it does look rather red in places, doesn't it.. perhaps some interbreeding has been going on (well, this is Norfolk after all). I'm sure the greys I used to see in Cheshire were much greyer than this one.

31st Aug 2006, 18:00

The ORIGINAL Almighty Angel says:


31st Aug 2006, 18:00

Mandy. says:

sadness. :(

i hit a bunny in my car on monday. i'm a murderer.

31st Aug 2006, 18:02

mat says:

I can't even count how many bunnies I've run down. A friend of mine used to live down a non-streetlighted lane that seemed, at times, full of them. Swerve to avoid one, you'd hit another two. It was often a good idea to hose the car down after visiting Pete a few times..

31st Aug 2006, 18:21

Gael says:

he looks like he's just having a nap.
Did you eat it?

31st Aug 2006, 18:23

anonymous says:

It's a great pic.

I don't get this distinction between animals worthy of liking and "vermin". What's wrong with pigeons?

31st Aug 2006, 18:37

mat says:

Gael - no visibly obvious cause of death, so it's not on the menu. I've never eaten squirrel. I would have no qualms about doing so though, should the opportunity arise.

I'll eat pretty much anything once. Pigeon, for example, is delicious.

31st Aug 2006, 18:39

OJ says:

Anon was me, sorry...

31st Aug 2006, 18:41

Mandy. says:

pete's sister ordered pigeon at a chinese restaurant in london. they served the head on the side.

31st Aug 2006, 18:41

Electric Sheep says:

What can i say, i go for the underdog. It's sad that a squirrel died, but it's less sad that it's a grey.

I'm sorry. I'm like that. Red squirrels just rock out.

31st Aug 2006, 18:45

mat says:

OJ - vermin are animals that cause excessive damage to crops, eat people food or are disease carriers. You don't have to dislike them. For example: I like rats, I think they are fascinating and intelligent animals. That doesn't mean I want them living in my greenhouse and eating my tomatos, and it certainly wouldn't stop me trapping/poisoning any that decided to do that.

But, that said, I'm not a fan of grey squirrels. I'd rather have our native reds. There used to be, and may even still be, a bounty on greys. A shilling a tail, the government used to pay.

31st Aug 2006, 18:47

mat says:

Mandy - last time I ate pigeon was in a chinese in London too. Salted with chilli, it was exquisite. They too served the whole bird, quartered. But then the chinese will eat the heads of just about anything. Brain is considered Good.

31st Aug 2006, 18:49

goode says:

Death to the Grey!

31st Aug 2006, 19:05

OJ says:

That was a silly thing for me to say wasn't it? Of course there is a definition of vermin.

I guess I find peoples differing attitudes to animals inconsistent.

31st Aug 2006, 19:06

taniwha says:

Once when I was hitch hiking through new zealand I got a lift with a guy who would collect road kill to feed his dogs.

31st Aug 2006, 21:02

Mandy. says:

used to be, if you hit a deer or elk in some states here, you had to report it to the police and it would be collected to feed state institutions - like prisons or nursing homes.

i think wyoming still does that.

31st Aug 2006, 21:39

factotum says:

I'm a murderer too, Mandy. I ran over a turtle of a secondary highway this summer, but couldn't avoid it because there was another car coming the other way in the other lane. It's still bothering me.

31st Aug 2006, 21:47

spongevid says:

poor thing!

Theres always at least a pigeon or squirrel thats been killed by a car on my road. it is horrible, they're usualy near my house too :-(

1st Sep 2006, 00:32

anonymous says:

I knew squirrel. he was a square guy.

1st Sep 2006, 01:02

Mandy. says:

ah, turtles are the worst. they seem so rare now a'days. this was the first in awhile that i'd run down. :(

1st Sep 2006, 03:07

JokerXL says:

What a brill' shot! stick it in a sandwich.
(watch out for that 40 ton artic behind you! I think he's coming in for a second go!)

1st Sep 2006, 05:18

SaharaSB says:

burr... :o(

1st Sep 2006, 10:59

monkey_finger says:

poor little bugger.

grey or red, its not nice to see anything hit by a car. i'd rather he'd died on the job. hiding nuts or something.

1st Sep 2006, 11:11

Spike says:

great pose by squirril,

i, like mat, have never tried squirril, but would try anything once, and agreed on the taste of pigeon,

meat is there to try, put it in front of me and ill eat it

1st Sep 2006, 11:13

MaggieD says:

I think he died happy .... there is definitely the hint of a little grin on his face ....

1st Sep 2006, 11:19

Uber_Spy says:

I've been reading this thread while eating my dinner. Not good. Feel bit ill now. BLURGH!!! Poor little guy...thats sad :(

1st Sep 2006, 19:39

Mandy. says:

from my Appalachian experiences & grandmother's stories, I believe squirrel is only good stewed. too much connective tissue, doncha' know.

heh, how's that for dinner U_S, connnnective tiiiissssuuue....

1st Sep 2006, 19:44

Uber_Spy says:

Thanks for that Mandy. There was this article in the Metro (newspaper) a while back about this dude who's written a 'Roadkill Cookbook' (yet to be published). He doesn't believe in killing animals to eat but doesn't mind scrapping them off the road. Said the weirdest thing he's eaten was a labrador. Nice!

1st Sep 2006, 21:23

RareAquaticBadger says:

Poor little bugger. Actually I think the angle of the shot almost makes it look more tragic and less "ewww". I think the expression, and the obviously-dead pose, actually makes you feel more sympathetic toward it; If you'd taken the photo directly above it for example, it wouldn't have the same effect.

Anywho, I think this is a wicked shot.

2nd Sep 2006, 01:32 says:

Awww... poor thing! But nice shot tho.

2nd Sep 2006, 15:48

Steve says:

End of the line!

A really cool shot Mat

2nd Sep 2006, 16:01

(Blue Eyes) Georgie says:

On the road all day long, did not see any road kill. Other than the state troopers handing out citations. Stop by for the series.

3rd Sep 2006, 01:15

daz says:

RIP little fella.

3rd Sep 2006, 22:05

monkey_finger says:

one of my old tutors at uni did this project:

clive landen

4th Sep 2006, 13:17

Uber_Spy says:

That is ick...i didn't want to see that. The drive to work is bad enough...nooooo..

4th Sep 2006, 16:23