The dead bear

A scientific and forensic task for you

This corpse was discovered during an expedition to Newmarket by Rebekah Skilbeck and Debora Rebsch. They assumed it was a bear, because it was much larger then it was a couple of days later when another expedition team got there and took the picture.

The corpse
The corpse

For the real scientific approach we VOTE for the right answer.
So what kind of animal is (or was) it?

Scientific proof of the body being a wolpertinger by Prof. Dr. Ivan Stacy. This of course shouldn't influence Your voting:

Arguements for the wolpertinger

IF it's a dead Badger we should consider the advice of health inspector, Sir Rufus Curnow:

  • If at all possible, move the body out of sight: a dead badger on the roadside advertises the presence of badgers in the area to any badger diggers who may pass.
  • You may wish to take the body away and bury it; you should later be able to recover the skull. If the corpse is fresh and in good condition, weigh it if at all possible, and add this information to the details already recorded.
  • Remember that it is an offence to possess a dead badger or any part of one, unless you can show that it was not killed illegally (for example in a road accident). Taking dated photographs or video film of the casualty, and making sure that your local Badger Group has a record of it may help if there are ever any questions asked.
  • If it is not possible to move the animal out of sight and you do not wish to take it away, the environmental health section of your local council should be contacted to see if they will remove the body.
  • If you cannot stop and examine the body, because you are on a busy road, or you are late for work etc, try to judge the animal's status as you go by (or if you have a passenger, get them to do so), and make a mental note of exactly where the RTA victim is (measure the distance from the badger to the next road junction or other landmark with your mileometer). Make a written record of this information as soon as you are able to stop (or again, get your passenger to do so).

AND an argument against the corpse being a bear by Dr. Alastair Horne, the specialist in comparative zoology: 'compare and contrast - no relation whatsover. ' with this picture of a real bear.

Decide for yourself: not-bear   or bear?

 

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