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wicklore
2010-01-18 00:51:03
Killed at Kilduff/ Bitten at Devilsbit
The recent snow must have been awful for so many wild and domesticated animals alike. Walking along the forest tracks below Devilsbit on the way to Kilduff in the Shannon area today I came across the body of a dead horse. It was half in a ditch just off the track. The track was still quite snowy, and it was easy to deduce that it must have slipped into the ditch and died in the snow. Perhaps it broke its leg and couldn't get up, or perhaps it was caught in the deep snow in the ditch. I hope the poor creature didn't suffer long.

I once witnessed a pride of lions kill a buffalo in South Africa. Over the course of three days they reduced it to a skeleton. What struck me was that they first ate through the soft hind quarters and underbelly. They removed the stomach with its evil smelling half-digested contents and dragged the buffalo away from the stinking mess where they could eat the rest of the animal in comfort.

I only tell that story to paint the picture of what has begun to happen to the corpse of the dead horse. Something, or perhaps many somethings, have begun the process of devouring the horse, starting with the soft underbelly. It was not a pretty sight to see this once noble creature with a gaping hole in its stomach. I wonder which type of creature or bird seized the opportunity for this unexpected meal? The snow may have been harsh for many, but at least the dead horse is giving continued life to other creatures.

Be warned - it's not a pretty sight so be wary if planning to walk there with children or if you would find it upsetting yourself. The location is approx. S051 739.
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