So what went wrong ?
@jakesbones warm, wet conditions, anything good for bacteria will speed it up. If it's hot and very dry it may have mummified?
— Heather Bonney (@HeebieB) August 4, 2013
@jakesbones temp, moisture, presence of bacteria & necrophagous (corpse-eating) invertebrates, exposure. You could try defleshing first?
— Laura McCoy (@CuratorLaura) August 5, 2013
Although I think they both missed the obvious answer:
@CuratorLaura @HeebieB I think your both missing the obvious cause. ZOMBIE BADGERS !
— Jake (@jakesbones) August 5, 2013
In Scotland we have had a couple of warm weeks, but it has been raining again for the last week or so. But rain wouldn't fall on the badger because it's hidden in a small cave at the edge of the tree roots. My second reason was worrying whether the mesh holes were big enough for flies to get in. Flies lay eggs which turn into maggots which eat flesh. There were a few maggots I could see on the body but not many, so I cut a hole in the top of the mesh:
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