Scientists photographed Bambi snacking on a human carcass


That’s a human rib bone in Bambi’s mouthMeckel et al., J Forensic Sci

❝ Forensic scientists have to do a lot of weird things in order to solve crimes and identify bodies. Sometimes that involves leaving corpses outside to rot, to better understand what happens during and after decomposition. In fact, there are entire facilities devoted to studying the decay of donated human remains, like the 26-acre Forensic Anthropology Research Facility in San Marcos, Texas.

❝ In July 2014, researchers left a body in a wooded part of FARF. They wanted to learn about how different scavengers leave their marks on human remains, so they set up a motion-sensitive camera to see who would stop by. In this part of Texas, it’s not unusual to see foxes, turkey vultures, raccoons, coyotes, and other carrion-gobblers picking at a corpse. But after a few months, someone new came to the table.

On January 5, 2015, the camera caught a glimpse of a young white-tailed deer standing near the skeleton with a human rib bone in its mouth. Then it happened again on January 13 — the camera caught a deer with another rib sticking out of its mouth like a cigar. It’s not clear whether it was the same deer in both cases, but it’s certainly possible first one came back for seconds…

❝ It is not, however, the first time we’ve seen deer violating their vegetarian diets. In fact, they’re known to have a taste for blood. Previously they’ve been spotted eating fish, bats, and dead rabbits. Scientists think deer and other herbivores may occasionally seek out flesh to get minerals — such as phosphorus, salt, and calcium — that may be missing from their regular diets, especially in wintertime…

Still, for folks whose knowledge of science is as limited as, say, our so-called president, those whose guide through life is superstition and spells – this may be a sign of the End of Times.

Bwa-ha-ha-hah!

Czech Girl Scout stands up to skinhead at Nazi rally

❝ A 16-year-old girl Scout pictured standing up to a far-right skinhead has told the BBC she was not afraid of neo-Nazis and wanted more young people to stand up to fascism.

Lucie Myslikova, a film and animation student from the Czech city of Brno, was captured in her uniform confronting a shaven-headed demonstrator.

The rally was held on May Day by the neo-Nazi Workers Party of Social Justice…

❝ “I wasn’t afraid,” Lucie told the BBC by telephone from her school…”I went to the counter-demonstration as someone who was determined to change things. To me it makes sense to try and change the world around me,” she went on.

“I think young people should get involved in such things. They should be aware of what’s going on.

“You ask me if standing up to skinheads should be left to older people – well us, younger people, are going to be living here a lot longer than the older generation.”

❝ Lucie explained the argument with the unnamed man had been over refugees and migrants. She said she had told him that countries had a duty to help those fleeing war and conflict, and that in such cases borders did not exist…

“The main thing that’s struck me is that some people are now calling me an ‘extremist’, that being anti-fascist is somehow ‘extremist’,” she told the BBC.

“That seems to me to be the height of absurdity.”

Not anymore absurd than the fake news and alternative facts from Trump and his trained chumps. They think that Americans who demonstrate for democracy and transparency must be paid to do so. They have no comprehension of people, young or old, who believe in science and progress over fear and superstition.

For the small-minded that may be true.