on roadkill

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i drove by a piece of roadkill today. it was so messed up, its original form was unrecognizable.

the first kangaroo i saw in australia was roadkill. when i think of it, i still remember the distinctive smell of death which came from the decomposing animal – like it was yesterday.

when entomologists want to know whether a hard-to-find species of beetle – e.g. the stag beetle lucanus cervus (de: hirschkäfer) – is still present in an area, it’s common practice to look for run-over individuals.

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