Feral Pigeon

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Feral Pigeon (Columba livia)
Tiong Bahru, 6th October 2012

This carcass of a Feral Pigeon was seen by Jocelyn Yin.

I decided to feature this species as a commemoration of sorts: On 29th December, The Pigeonhole, one of my favourite cafes, closed due to rising rentals and funding issues. It’s a tragic loss, and it’s not only because I loved to hang out there with friends, or that I became friends with the owners, or that I loved the coffee and ciders.

For close to 2 years, The Pigeonhole wasn’t just a cafe to sit down with a cup of coffee and a book, it was a space for the arts and civil society, where small-scale events and exhibitions were held, where ideas were conceived and incubated.

The development of Monday Morgue itself beyond this blog has close connections with The Pigeonhole; it was during the Tanjong Pagar KTM and Green Corridor Open Mic session held there in June 2011 that I did a public talk about the importance of animal carcasses (with plenty of gruesome photos of animal carcasses I’d found along the railway tracks). The lively reception I received from the small audience helped me gain confidence in sharing about this rather niche (and very morbid) interest.

The Pigeonhole was also where I sat down one afternoon at the beginning of May to set up a Facebook page for Monday Morgue, a few weeks before I gave a talk at the Festival of Biodiversity. And I’ve lost track of all the times I wrote posts, or edited and processed photos, or uploaded old shots to Monday Morgue’s Instagram for #DailyDecay, while drinking toffee apple cider or brown latte there.

For now, The Pigeonhole continues to exist as an online entity, and hopefully, the owners will be able to find a new and affordable place to re-establish a physical space. Until then, this is my way of giving thanks for all the #pigeonholememories.

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Merry Christmas!

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I hope 2013 will be another year of amazing discoveries, meaningful encounters with biodiversity in its myriad forms, and stories to share with all. And of course, a shout-out to all the people who have contributed their photos and shared their sightings of various animal carcasses; I wouldn’t have been able to feature many species if not for you. Good health and happiness to all, and try not to become subjects for Monday Morgue so soon.

Asian Koel

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Asian Koel (Eudynamys scolopaceus)
Orchard, 23rd October 2012

These photographs of a dead juvenile Asian Koel were shared by Debby Ng on Instagram. She suspects that it might have been attacked by a Domestic Cat (Felis sylvestris catus).

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Asiatic Lesser Yellow Bat

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Asiatic Lesser Yellow Bat (Scotophilus kuhlii)
Pasir Panjang, 7th July 2012

This photograph of a dead bat was shared by Zestin Soh on Facebook, and was tentatively identified as an Asiatic Lesser Yellow Bat.

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House Shrew

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House Shrew (Suncus murinus)
Bedok South, 20th September 2012

This photograph of a dead House Shrew was shared by Chris Koh on Instagram.

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Common Asian Toad

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Common Asian Toad (Duttaphrynus melanostictus)
Upper Seletar Reservoir, 18th March 2012

This photo of a Common Asian Toad roadkill was taken by Fung Tze Kwan.

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