It’s a mystery

Look what we found under one of our palo verde trees:




It appears to be the remains of a desert tortoise and it isn’t fresh. Just a couple of weeks before this discovery the peep put down preemergent for weed control and definitely would have seen it if it were there at that time. Kaci and Kali aren’t allowed there without being on a leash. How did the tortoise meet its demise? When? What caused it? How did the remains get here? It is all a big mystery.

About Kismet

I'm a 16 year old Indian Ringneck parrot curmudgeon in New River, Arizona in the wild west country. If you're a sunflower seed, you're dinner.

41 comments on “It’s a mystery

  1. Maybe another animal carried it in ~ it is a prehistoric find.
    Sweet William The Scot

  2. SQUIRRELS… THAT’s OUR theory and we are sticking to it…

  3. Poor thing. Perhaps it was just its time? That’s what I’m going to believe.

    Have a fabulous day. Scritches to the babies. 🙂

  4. RIP Sweet tortoise. We see them on the street once in a while. The turkey vultures or cars can get to them.

  5. We need more information if we are to figure this out. Is it near the street? Could a big bird have a nest in the tree and tossed out the remains of it’s dinner? Is the area fenced? Inquiring minds want to know.

    • OK,
      1) It’s on a private cul de sac.
      2) Birds don’t do that, trust me.
      3)That area wasn’t fenced in.

      I’m thinking coyotes but it isn’t a fresh kill.

  6. You need a Sherlock Holmes hat for this one!

  7. its a puzzle alright,xx Speedy

  8. Cats….cats always cause problems and mysteries around here…

  9. Hmm…….coyote purrrhaps. On behalf of cats may I plead the case of total innocence though…..we don’t like to have to PEEL our food! (eeeeek)

    Hugs, Sammy

    • Sammy, there aren’t any cats around. You’re cleared. The former neighbor who had one left the door open by mistake and the cat met a coyote. That was the last cat around. Too bad, Kyla loved cats.

  10. I agree… and maybe that tortoise was there for many moons…maybe it’s even pre-historic and your place becomes famous?

  11. Whoa…coyotes get blamed for nearly everything that goes wrong in the desert so Sam thought it might be a Chupacabra but then Sam is a bit of a drama doofas… 🙂

  12. Per your earlier comment, Kismut, maybe it was a coyote Mom doing some early spring cleaning. I think coyotes get blamed for everything for a good reason.

  13. OMD….. it’s da Desert Beasty! Hide, hide, hide! Da Deserty Beasty likes to come out at night and prey on turtles and parrots.
    Maybe you should set up cameras in your yard so you can become famous as the 1st bird to ever snatch a pic of the Desert Beasty.

  14. Maybe one of Kismet’s relatives dropped it when they flew over.

    Aroo to you,

  15. Are there Ravens (the bird kind) in your area? I know they like tortoise. Mom had desert tortoises and the Ravens always knew when the tortoises were out
    Nessa Noodledog

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