Dead (Murdered?) Squirrel Raises Questions

squirrelblacked01.jpgSo here’s a strange one. We got a call from our tenant yesterday morning that there was a dead squirrel in our front yard. Not just a dead squirrel, she said, but a squirrel that looked like it had been shot. Say what? When we got home in the late afternoon we were rather taken aback to find that she had not been exaggerating. A squirrel with a gaping hole the size of a golf ball in its neck had been deposited in front of the door under the stoop. It’s a pretty gruesome photo, so we’ve put the unedited version on the jump to enable selective viewing, but we’re wondering if anyone else has encountered anything like this? Do you think it was some kind of horrible Halloween prank? A message from a developer who’s been on the receiving end of an unfavorable review on the site? Strange days indeed. Most peculiar Mama.
WARNING: Photo on the jump shows a mutilated dead squirrel.

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  • hawk seems more likely

  • Thats not a gunshot wound..

  • i concur…doesn’t look like a projectile injury

  • Jimmy Legs

    looks like a cat caught it for fun, if they know what they’re doing they go for the neck like that. but the fact that it wasn’t eaten at all implies somebody’s housecat was just having a good night.

    but if you prefer the assassination theory, we can proceed to puzzle over it in terms of the RE market: IT’S A SIGN FROM GOD, MOVE BACK TO OHIO.

  • its a squirrel…..a squirrel…c’mon

  • final stages of MRSA infection- the throat literaly blows out

  • Looks like a drug deal gone bad.

  • That squirrel is lucky. It won’t be around to face the terrible consequences once AY is built.

  • That’s not a gunshot wound, or bb gun or otherwise.

    Don’t know if you or your tenant has a cat that spends time outdoors, but domestic cats that kill mice, squirrels etc. will often leave them at a doorway to the house they live in. Often they seek praise for what they’ve killed. Most likely a cat got this squirrel.

  • a hawk? you’re a moron. hawks don’t thrill kill; they hunt to eat. the squirrel appears intact sans the gaping neck wound. However, domesticated cats and dogs are totally capable of this kind of carnage.

  • That squirrel will be worthless when AY is built.

  • Brenda from Flatbush

    The answer to this episode of “CSI: Mammal” is: cat. Or, as we say around here, Santeria Kitty Offers Sacrifice. Now if someone would please send this talented feline over to my place, he or she will be richly rewarded for his or her talents. All cash, unmarked bills, in a suitcase–with catnip.

  • Wow! That is gross.
    Love to AY reference.

  • Y’all gonna eat that?

  • I have squirrel problems and once they get in they aren’t cute anymore. They are filthy, viscous, a health hazzard and expensive (sometimes) to get rid of. I doubt it was shot but if it were, that’s no big deal. It’s not like it was tortured (I don’t think any animal shoud be). One clean shot, that’s all it takes. If you want to trap them alive and release them, use Cherrios and move them at least 5 miles away (try Manhattan).

  • Looks like a hawk. Sometimes they drop their prey in flight. I saw a hawk drop a pigeon in flight. The pigeon head was chewed off.

    The What

    Someday this war is gonna end……….

  • Nothing worse than a viscous squirrel. They ooze all over.

  • That is the least offensive comment I’ve ever seen from “the What”. Are you sure you don’t want to blame rich Manhattanites or greedy landlords for this one?

  • the What is is liar. I am an ornithologist and hawks NEVER drop its prey unless severely threatened. this did not happen in Brkln. the What——you are a douche.

  • Wow! We have an ornithologist on site. Cool.

  • Call PETA or accumulate as many as possible for a fur jacket if your on the other side of the fence.
    Gunshot would leave an exit wound as well on a animal that small. Come to think of it, a hole that big, all you would have left would be fom the neck down.

  • Instead of photographing it, how about you CLEAN IT UP! It’s dead. Get over it.

  • perhaps a tiny freezing jedi cut open the squirrel to climb in and stay warm.

  • I’d like to hire that cat to take care of my squirrel problems. They invade my garden and pick my best fruits and vegetables. I wouldn’t mine if they new how to share, take some and leave some for me. They are really filthy selfish animals.

  • Vast right wing conspiracy I think.
    Call the NY Times.

  • “the What is is liar. I am an ornithologist and hawks NEVER drop its prey unless severely threatened. this did not happen in Brkln”

    Why should he change now? He’s about as accurate about this as he’s been on anything else he’s cared to discuss.

  • Rats with furry tails. Good eats in some parts.

  • “the What is is liar. I am an ornithologist and hawks NEVER drop its prey unless severely threatened. this did not happen in Brkln. the What——you are a douche.”

    This a ‘Black Swan’ premise. Just because you never saw the event, you can’t say it didn’t happen. Just like Real Estate. Damn people need to open their minds. Please read the book the Black Swan, I have the audiobook.

    When the hawk took to flight, the prey hit the top of a fence. I was surprised, I never saw anything like that. The pigeon head was chewed off. Yeah I know no one believe me, Whatever

    The What

    Someday this war is gonna end

  • “When the hawk took to flight, the prey hit the top of a fence. I was surprised, I never saw anything like that. The pigeon head was chewed off. Yeah I know no one believe me, Whatever”

    HUH?? That has to be the most lame, most pointless, least meaningful excuse I’ve ever heard! It doesn’t even make sense!

    Dumbass!

  • Mr. Bird Scientist,
    Question: Why couldn’t this happen in Brooklyn? Is it because we have no Hawks nesting here or because they have no threaths that would cause them to drop their prey? It’s not that I actually believe a Hawk did this, just curious why you think it couldn’t happen in Brooklyn?
    Thanks

  • Dear The What,

    At this point, I think you really owe it to yourself to lay off the vodka/antifreeze cocktails and formeldahyde-dipped marijuana.

    Just a suggestion…

  • rf

    About ten years ago I walked around a gigantic snowy owl, dead, on the crosswalk of Gates Ave. at Cambridge Place.

  • Nice one 11:25, heh heh.

  • Hey Stick to the subject! People accuse me of ‘Thread Hijacking’ when it’s you going off subject. You attacking me wont change the fact that your way of life is being fucked. Get mad at the people who has jerked up. Here read this! Hate The What all you want to but that ass whipping is days away.

    Deals With Hedge Funds
    May Be Helping Merrill
    Delay Mortgage Losses

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB119396956371280131.html

    Billions and Billions of dollars wasted!!!!!!!!!!!

    The What

    Someday the war is gonna end………

  • I didn’t mean to say ‘jerked up’ I mean jerk you. LOL I type so fast, I need to check before I send it.

    The What

  • This looks like a ritual killing. I collect dead squirrels, so I’m an expert. Does anyone know if this squirrel was raped before it was killed? Would make some sense…

    BTW, The What’s real name is Allen M. Can we all please start addressing him as Allen?

  • And the squirrel was SO close to getting that acorn!!!

  • Mr. Bird Scientist,
    Question: Why couldn’t this happen in Brooklyn? Is it because we have no Hawks nesting here or because they have no threaths that would cause them to drop their prey? It’s not that I actually believe a Hawk did this, just curious why you think it couldn’t happen in Brooklyn?
    Thanks

    Ok…bird scientist here.
    1. we do indeed have nesting red-tail hawks in Brooklyn. More than one pair, it’s likely. you can see the happy couple cruising in the skies above their nesting grounds in Prospect Park.
    2. actually, it could’ve happened—the hawk that he saw could’ve been spooked by any number of man-made cacophony. I just loathe “the what”
    3. eff the what.

  • “that ass whipping is days away.”

    How many days?

  • This looks like a ritual killing. I collect dead squirrels, so I’m an expert. Does anyone know if this squirrel was raped before it was killed? Would make some sense…

    Actually, what DOES make sense is that you’re a close personal friend of “What.

  • Two cats were arrested earlier today and confessed to the brutal killing of a squirrel. Both suspects were waterboarded until they confessed and are facing death by drowning if convicted.

  • Nope 12:04 – not a close personal friend. Don’t even know the guy. I did, however, see a post by an “AllenM” some time ago on another board that was all apocalyptic and signed off with “Someday this war is gonna end”. Google it yourself. I’m no detective, but…

  • Yep, they booked the cats on counts of rape and 1st degree murder. I think the cats will walk.

  • Back, and to the left.

  • i’ll put it to you this way. shoot a squirrel in the head and there wouldn’t be anything left to take a picture of.

  • Mr. Bird Scientist,
    I have not seen the Hawks flying over, but perhaps that is because I didn’t simply haven’t looked. The Manhattan Condo nesting pair are infamous, so I was bit surpised when you said it couldn’t happen, but understand. I do notice groups of green parrots as many other varieties throughout the year. I suspect Greenwoood supports many of these also.
    Thanks

  • Poor squirrel… :(

    Does look like he was grabbed by a Hawk and dropped.

    Hawks love pigeons, mice, and squirrels.

  • New York Law: A trapped squirrel cannot be released on private property. A trapped squirrel cannot be released on public property. Which leaves us with . . . (let your imagination run wild, or not so wild).

  • Definitely a feral cat. I caught one a few weeks ago in my backyard in Bed-Stuy with a squirrel in its mouth– sadly, by the time I got to it, it was only half a squirrel.

    (And I say ‘sadly’ because I would’ve preferred to clean up a whole dead squirrel instead the mangled half that remained by the time I found it. Gross.)

  • “That squirrel will be worthless when AY is built.”
    “perhaps a tiny freezing jedi cut open the squirrel to climb in and stay warm”.
    *SNORT* LOL

    On a more serious note, a few weeks ago I saw just the bottom half of a squirrel on the sidewalk, that was really gross, not sure what did it and the construction workers from one of the two building under reno must have dumped it in the dumpster, ‘cuz it was gone when I got back. No idea where the top part of the poor critter got to.

  • Stupid squirrel-biting hipsters!

  • Hey in all seriousness this has happened to me before. Last halloween a squirrel was found with his head decapitated in front of my neighbors yard. I live in Fort Greene, does any one think its possible that we have a serial squirrel killer on the loose. I was watching Americas most wanted and there is a squirrel killer on the loose. I believe the culprit hails from a trailer park community in Alabama. His childhood psychologists when interviewed stated that his mental stability deteriorated when he was a mere 10 years of age. He said it coincided with FOX stopped airing the saturday morning cartoon Rocky and Bullwinkle.

  • “I believe the culprit hails from a trailer park community in Alabama.”

    Nah, in that case there would be no body lying around.

    Squirrel. It’s what’s for dinner.

  • Excellent thread. The squirrels need a hate-crime law. Stop the cat-on-squirrel madness!

    I would be more worried if this WAS a gunshot, which it doesn’t look lilke to me, just because that means there’s some dickhead in Brooklyn shootin’ shit. However, I wouldn’t be surprised. My friend in Hoboken once went all Bill-Murray-in-Caddyshack on his squirrels–destructive, aggressive little boogers–and poisoned a bunch of ‘em. He then had to deal with their unpleasant tendency to die in inconvenient places, like the neighbor’s yard, or under his deck.

    I’m not at all surprised about squirrels’ unpopularity–they screw up gardens and eat your veggies. They are, however, cute–closest thing to monkeys I happen to have in my backyard, and plucky little fuckers. So I’ve decided not to bother fighting them, and try to plant things they don’t want to ruin. It’s a battle you’re never gonna win.

    Meanwhile, if some developer wanted to threaten/menace you, Mr. B., I’d like to think they could come up with something scarier than a mutilated rodent–you see those all the time in NYC. If you can’t come up with a horse head–the time-honored classic–a good old rotten fish mailed in a box would be much more dramatic than a squirrel, and easier to come by. Not to give people any ideas….

  • I did it.

    Some day The What is going to get a job ……

  • Did anyone read the gold teeth link above?? The whole blotter is extremely disturbing.

  • Wasn’t this the afternoon of November 1st? I bet it wasn’t just any cat the night before, but a black one.

    I mean, it’s Halloween, and those cats, you know, they get all evil then. ;)

  • Contact the SQUIRREL DEFAMATION LEAGUE. Their most imformative website is :http://www.deadsquirrel.com/

  • bstoner, you saw:

    “A squirrel with a gaping hole the size of a golf ball in its neck…”

    Cancer. Definitely neck cancer. And the squirrel was one of the four billion uninsured squirrels in America. Hence, no chemo or radiation for that tumor.

  • Can we please get back to how unbelievable Mr. B’s comment is that he thinks there’s a possibility that this is a threat from a developer? The hubris is unbelievable…

    I would like to believe what I’m sure will be protestations of “irony” (of course presented after the fact given all the more logical explanations above, excluding of course The What/Allen’s comments) but given the unbelievably sanctimonious tone of this guy re: architecture and developers I’m just not so sure…

  • It looks like it had some type of illness or disease, died (no duh), and then some bugs infested and ate it

  • i just wanted to say that as a dog walker i havent seen many around in the usual places my dog likes to go squirrles were plenty last year .has anybody else noticed

  • I am waiting to call Animal Control in my town because we had a dead squirrel in my front yard Sunday and we disposed of it in the alley in quadrupled plastic bags and straw, but the next day this dead squirrel was back in the front yard, bags and all only this time and I won’t take a picture, it was stripped and gutted. We do have a possum in the neighborhood so your squirrel is not as bad as the one I am not disposing of this time. Talk about gross. Now to find a way to get rid of this possum or whatever animal did this thing to this rat with a furry tail. No I will not dispose of it this time…it’s a rat with rabies and all other manner of disease.

  • I am waiting to call Animal Control in my town because we had a dead squirrel in my front yard Sunday and we disposed of it in the alley in quadrupled plastic bags and straw, but the next day this dead squirrel was back in the front yard, bags and all only this time and I won’t take a picture, it was stripped and gutted. We do have a possum in the neighborhood so your squirrel is not as bad as the one I am not disposing of this time. Talk about gross. Now to find a way to get rid of this possum or whatever animal did this thing to this rat with a furry tail. No I will not dispose of it this time…it’s a rat with rabies and all other manner of disease.