Collected 2 insectivorous bat and 1 cuckoo carcasses at Portsdown today. The specimens will be deposited in the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research and used for research and education. Thanks Alison Wilson for the alert!

Source: Fung Tze Kwan Facebook

On the evening of 7 Jan 2014, we were informed about a dead Spotted Wood Owl (Strix seloputo) at Kent Ridge. The carcass was in an advanced state of decomposition, but was salvaged close to midnight for avian biology research.

This hits us particularly close to home as the carcass was found in the lightly wooded part of NUS Kent Ridge campus next to LT11. Students staying late in campus and hostelites may have heard the low throaty hoots of this species in the area.

The Spotted Wood Owl is one of Singapore’s largest resident owls, and is listed as nationally critically endangered.

Thanks to David Tan (right), an honours student from the NUS Avian Genetics Laboratory, for the information after a tip off from NUS alumnus Yong Ding Li.

Source: Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research (RMBR) Facebook

Very sad discovery. Heard a dreadful screaming last night. Feared the cats had caught a baby squirrel. I went out to look but couldn’t find the creature. Then just now I discovered this baby civet. We had cleared a bit of the garden before new year. Perhaps this little guy couldn’t manage to jump like before. So very upsetting!

Source: Tanglin Halt Wildlife Watch Facebook

On the first day of 2014, we received news about an unfortunate Common Palm Civet (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus) kitten that had probably fallen off from a roof from the Taglin Halt area. The kitten had no erupted teeth, which indicates that it is still suckling from its mother.

This civet carcass would be added as a specimen to a zoological collection that would be used for scientific research and education.

We thank Lucy Davis, who is part of the Tanglin Halt Wildlife Watch for the call.

Source: Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research (RMBR) Facebook

Sunda Pangolin (Manis javanica)
Petir Road, 9th July 2012

This photo of a dead adult male Sunda Pangolin was shared by Marcus Chua. The cause of death is currently unknown.

The specimen was retrieved and added to the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research’s collections. This 2002 article by N. Sivasothi explains the importance of retrieving wildlife carcasses that can be used for research and exhibition purposes, and some of the challenges faced.

Find out how you can contribute to Monday Morgue as well.