[personal profile] quiregrrl
... double-bagging a dead rodent and putting it in your freezer for safe-keeping.

My awesome neighbour-flatmate (aka best girl) has an awesome ratter kitty, Fatpants. Fatpants has taken to regularly gifting Best Girl with a dead rat on the back yard path every week or so, and after the last one I said "would it be weird if I asked you to stick the next one in the freezer until I can collect it so I can have the skull?" and best girl gave me her best "you are a fucking nutjob weirdo and I can't believe we're friends" look, (which I am VERY familiar with), and said "Ew".

This morning I went over to make Sunday brunch of wholemeal banana pancakes with cinnamon-honey ricotta (om nom nom) and was amazed and delighted when best girl said "Oh, by the way, there's a dead rat in the freezer for you and you better take it with you when you leave today". Sure enough, sealed inside two sturdy ziplock baggies, there was a very dead, rather frozen, rat, which I dutifully and gratefully brought home with me and is now continuing it's death in my freezer.

I just spent the last half hour or so reading articles and blogs on how best to skeletonise a corpse. As you do. Pretty much all of the options are very pungent and/or require being able to leave/bury the corpse somewhere safe from large scavengers for up to a year. None of them are particularly good for someone living in a unit. It would be easier if I just try to do the skull, but I want the rest of the bones as well, and so my best option I think will be to try skinning and dissecting/defleshing the body as much as possible manually, and then boiling the fresh bones and remaining (hopefully minimal) flesh in a mild bleach solution. And then throwing away the saucepan.

I have the best best-girl ever...

Date: 2012-03-19 11:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] quiregrrl.livejournal.com
I know... I'm weird, and Ange goes awesomely above and beyond the call of neighbour-flatmate duty!

Date: 2012-03-19 10:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] leperknight.livejournal.com
hard in a unit but we used to make a little wire cage and put in on an ants nest for a few weeks skinning it makes the process quicker

Date: 2012-03-19 11:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] quiregrrl.livejournal.com
yeah that was one of the suggestions... also putting it in an icecream container with holes in the lid big enough for flies to get in and out so they can do the maggot thing (*gag* god I hate maggots)... but yeah, they're not really feasible in a unit, and I'm pretty sure the neighbours wouldn't love me sticking a caged rat carcass in the backyard for the ants to eat...

Date: 2012-03-19 10:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fluffydescent.livejournal.com
My (not so) pleasure sweetness!

Love you!

Date: 2012-03-19 10:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fluffydescent.livejournal.com
That reminds me, I need to find the bird skull in th eshed again, you can have that too If i can find it!

Date: 2012-03-19 11:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] quiregrrl.livejournal.com
*squee!!* archeological dig!!!

Date: 2012-03-19 11:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] quiregrrl.livejournal.com
you are SOOOOOOOOOOOO awesome!! owe you tremendously xoxo



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