Last March I was going for my morning walk when I spotted a medium sized bird lying dead on the pavement alongside one of the science buildings. People were walking past, but also stopping to look at it. I really wanted to get to that bird before it was picked up by one of the cleaners and thrown away. I managed to get there in time – it was beautiful and with no external damage – it didn’t appear to have been dead long.
I brought it home to photograph and pass on to David Tan. I had vague thoughts of drawing the bird but for some reason was really pressed for time.
Not being any sort of bird specialist, I didn’t realise it was an owl species, and definitely didn’t realise how special it was. Here are a couple of photos of the bird. It had come a long way from home…
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!
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.