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A friend found this slightly cracked, light green egg lying in the middle of her hired garden plot. Inside was this poor thing: a mallard embryo, almost ready to hatch. It seemed to be perfectly fine, except it was dead. It seems like a predator, perhaps a crow or gull, had snatched the egg, but for one reason or another was forced to drop it. As the egg was almost intact, the poor creature probably died of cold.

I brought the egg home, peeled it and sketched the critter inside. I'm sure my roommate would have been absolutely delighted had she walked into the room and found a dead baby mallard sitting on my desk. And now it's in our common freezer. I wonder how she tolerates me.
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TheBattyCrow Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Dang! I'd love to have you as a roommate^^
A fellow classmate confided in that she had bought an otter skull -- and I was THRILLED!! Lol while everyone else was all "WHY??"
Cuz otter skulls PWN, that's why!!

Poor baby duck, though :( I tried to save a nest-reject a few years back - I literally went throughout the day taking care of it, only for it to die the next day.
Seriously, WTF??
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KingOvRats Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013   Traditional Artist
Hahaa ahh yeah I know this well.. "Don't open the bottom drawer in the freezer mom. REALLY, just DON"t" :lol:
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Allison-beriyani Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
1. Ducks were contemporaries of dinos, having evolved into their modern form about 70 million years ago. So you have a dead Dino in your fridge.

2. You could probably fill the Smithsonian several times over with all the dead specimens artists have hidden in their freezers, preserved in bottles, the bones out in the garage, scraps of pelt in sock drawers, and random teeth on the desk. My collection alone would fill a small wing.

3. As long as it's in an airtight container, labeled properl,y and has a"Will be out by" date, your roommate has nothing to complain about. Just leave a note so any house sitters avoid unpleasant surprises.
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Eurwentala Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013
You're right, though my previous roommate strictly forbid all kinds of dead things in the freezer, no matter how well packaged they were. It would have been fine, if she wasn't also otherwise a bossy and unpleasant person. As it was, I still kept an ice cream box full of bird heads. Unfortunately, she never thought of stealing my ice cream. :)

I'm sure the dead animal collections of artists are huge. My collection wouldn't fill a museum wing (I don't have the space for such a collection, unfortunately), but it would make a small room or so.

Even my relatives are slowly starting to realize what they're dealing with. On my last birthday, my father sent me a large envelope that smelled a bit funny and turned out to contain the mummified leg of a swan. He was quite pleased with himself having found such a gift.
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LexerJ Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Student Photographer
I have a question... Please don't take me the wrong way! ^^; Why would you keep a dead animal in your freezer?

Vy the way that would have been kind of awesome to see! (Scientifically wise!)
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Eurwentala Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013
Haha. I suppose it's an understandable question. :) I'm planning to get some of those beautiful glass specimen bottles they use in natural history museums and preserve the creatures in alcohol. In the meantime, the critters are waiting in the freezer. And some are just heads waiting to be cleaned into skulls.
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LexerJ Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Student Photographer
Ohhhh I see! That's a great idea! C:
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GhostInThePines Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Your roommate probably tolerates you the same way mine did me... better not to ask, and never open the boxes I leave on the table.
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Eurwentala Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013
Something like that, I suppose. And complains loudly about the disgusting things she happens to find, though she seems to find it more funny than truly unpleasant. Like the decomposing fish head she found on the balcony a couple of weeks ago.
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Aloodonguy67 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Student Artist
Poor baby.....
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Viergacht Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
Aw, poor little thing.
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Patrikia-Bear Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Interesting. And I'm sure your roommate thinks you're interesting. ;)
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Ravensaurs-Rex Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Your roommate is flat out amazing.

I recall some artists having similar urges when seeing a dead bird on the sidewalk or slightly cracked eggs doomed to hatch. I have no idea why dead birds are so interesting artistically, perhaps it is the freedom of flight they represent and to see it dead, chained to the Earth, inspires them.
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Eurwentala Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013
You might be right. Seeing dead birds feels even sadder than other kinds of dead animals do.

And then, they're modified dinosaurs, and thus interesting to begin with. And when dead, they tend to stay still, which makes them easier to study up close.
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Ravensaurs-Rex Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I've watched at least four artists who have sketched dead birds on the spur of the moment, counting yourself. It's not that popular a topic, but it is quite inspiring for some reason.

There is that. We have chickens here and you can find claws on their wings if you move some of the feathers out of the way, it is some of the creepiest things you will ever see since you don't really imagine the little birds we eat every day to have claws.
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SylxeriaGuardian Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww poor thing D:
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Fragillimus335 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's a good thing I didn't have a roommate... :D
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Eurwentala Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013
People who tend to collect parts of dead animals do need a rather special kind of roommate. :) Mine is an old friend who probably knew what she was getting into.
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Fragillimus335 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I mostly go for the skeletony bits, so I suppose that's a bit less gross! ;)
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Eurwentala Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013
But cleaning dead things to get their skeletony bits is extra gross. :) I mostly have that sort of things too, but I have a small collection of interesting whole dead things in our freezer waiting for suitable glass bottles to be preserved in alcohol.
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Fragillimus335 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hehe, I think we should be roommates... :D
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Eurwentala Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013
I'm sure that would be an interesting apartment. :D
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PivotShadow Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013
So this is what an unborn baby mallard looks like..
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