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   xoxoxoBruce  Saturday Jan 23 01:49 AM

Jan 23, 2010: Coyotesicle

How cold was it in Silt, Colorado?

A ~ Minus 28 degrees F.
B ~ Cold enough to make a Coyotesicle.



Quote:
Seth Wettlin told TheDenverChannel.com that he ran out of gas on the way home Wednesday night and saw the coyote caught in his headlights on a dirt road, south of Silt. At first, Wettlin thought it was frozen in fear, but upon closer inspection, he found it was literally frozen solid. The dead animal was standing in snow up to its chest, with its tongue hanging out. Wettlin returned the next day to take photos of the animal, which was about 5 feet off the dirt road, next to an electrical box.
At 28 below, you need more than a fur coat.

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Elspode  Saturday Jan 23 03:05 AM

Is it just me, or does it look as though Wiley was frozen in mid-leap, whilst having a great time?



xoxoxoBruce  Saturday Jan 23 03:09 AM

It's just you.



sandypossum  Saturday Jan 23 03:48 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Elspode View Post
Is it just me, or does it look as though Wiley was frozen in mid-leap, whilst having a great time?
I agree, but I would add: frozen in mid-leap, whilst having a great time and having a poo. In the last photo I reckon I can see Mr Hanky half way out the door.


DanaC  Saturday Jan 23 05:52 AM

On death the bowels release: maybe the poop was as it died?


That's a bizarre picture. I'm not sure I believe it though... Surely if it froze to death it'd have gone into hypothermia first, and lay/fallen down. The midstep thing just looks fake.



sandypossum  Saturday Jan 23 07:14 AM

I once saw a sparrow that had died while drinking from a puddle. It looked just like a live bird would, but it wasn't moving, and when I touched it, it was quite cold. And this was in a southern Australian winter, only about +10C. On the other hand, that pouncy bouncy coyote posture does seem like such an unlikely moment to kark it.



Griff  Saturday Jan 23 08:27 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by sandypossum View Post
I agree, but I would add: frozen in mid-leap, whilst having a great time and having a poo. In the last photo I reckon I can see Mr Hanky half way out the door.
That was repeat to everyone in the room funny.

There is a tradition around here of wise guys posing roadkill if their posture is nice...


Clodfobble  Saturday Jan 23 09:20 AM

To me the pose doesn't look pouncy, it looks like, "Shit, it's hard to walk in snow up to your chest, gotta... get that front leg higher... oops, back leg's kind of stuck, pull harder..."



squirell nutkin  Saturday Jan 23 09:43 AM

I had thought that it might have been pointing up or down wind during a blow, maybe buried up to it's chest, pausing for a moment to rest, but not intending to bunker down for the night next to a road.

But I think Griff's notion of posing is highly likely. I have a friend who dresses up road kill in doll clothes and poses them in all sorts of postures re-enacting children's and adults stories.

One of the funniest series depicts a chipmunk in a dress who is making out with a Quasimodo doll. The mouse's husband (played by my friend's very much alive cat) comes home and catches them in flagrante delicto. The cat goes berserk and rips up Q.

(Q was covered in chipmunk scent, the chipmunk had been removed before the cat got it.)
Talk bout time on your hands.



ajaccio  Saturday Jan 23 10:04 AM

Looks to me like a coyote stuffed and posed to look as if it's in a life-like scamper -- all ready for placement in some hunter's game room. Guess the guy just had to have his roadside giggle before he took it home from the taxidermist.




xoxoxoBruce  Saturday Jan 23 01:28 PM

I wonder how long it took the taxidermist to do this one?




Gravdigr  Sunday Jan 24 04:13 PM

I've heard about this plenty of times. (I expounded on this elsewhere on the Cellar.) The animal struggles in deep snow. It becomes exhausted, stops to rest, hypothermia sets in. The animal then freezes to death, and is held in a normal posture by the snow drift. Later, the snow melts [Strother Martin] and you get what we had here this evening. Which is the way he wants it. Well, he gets it.[/Strother Martin]



xoxoxoBruce  Sunday Jan 24 04:16 PM

Or the wind blows the snow away.



lumberjim  Sunday Jan 24 06:47 PM

Quote:
[Strother Martin] and you get what we had here this evening. Which is the way he wants it. Well, he gets it.[/Strother Martin]
I don't like it any more than you do.


monster  Sunday Jan 24 06:49 PM

Are you going to make a squirrelcicle, Jim?



monster  Sunday Jan 24 07:34 PM

clone thread Coy Testicle



SPUCK  Monday Jan 25 04:03 AM

Due to a rare fluke of nature scientists can now definitively say why; "The coyote crossed the road".




It was to take a projectile crap.



Gravdigr  Monday Jan 25 03:40 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by DanaC View Post
On death the bowels release...
Well if that ain't a good enough reason not to suicide yaself, I can't think of one...


Pete Zicato  Monday Jan 25 04:00 PM

It appears that coyote cycles are widely available.



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