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Small, dead mammal

Observed: 4th February 2012 By: coloursofmemorycoloursofmemory’s reputation in Mammalscoloursofmemory’s reputation in Mammals
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Description:

Found, dead and frozen beneath garden hedge, perhaps a casualty of next doors cat.

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Species interactions

No interactions present.

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the naturalist man's picture

water shrew

The poor thing does look to have frozen to death.

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coloursofmemory's picture

Frozen shrew

I've read a bit about the water shrew now it's been identified for me ( thanks). Does this shrew depend on water? If so, I don't understand how it ended up in our garden, which we take great care to keep wildlife friendly, but which currently has no pond. The nearest body of water is quite some distance away, and we don't even have water filled ditches locally.

Syrphus's picture

It is not unusual to find

It is not unusual to find Water Shrew far from water, and not just in freezing conditions. I have found it even in dry coastal dunes. See www.mammal.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=216&Itemi... for background information.

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pirayaguara's picture

It is likely it was trying to

It is likely it was trying to find a water body that wasn't frozen