Friday, 29 July 2011

Look what the kids found!!

While fixing the kids lunch, I shooed them outside to run off some steam, when both came running excitedly back into the house saying they found something. Turning off the stove I went to investigate.

A dead rodent! Laying on the patio. Of course being the home schoolers that we are we couldn't just let it be, we had to find out what kind of rodent is was because I didn't know just by looking at it and the children wanted to know what it was! Thank goodness for the internet:)

So we carefully pick it up and took in inside and tried to figure out what it was on the computer. First we tried vole, mole, English mouse but all came up empty. Then my daughter suggested we look up shrew and sure enough that is what it was!

Little Man was quite upset that the animal was dead:( Look at his sad face!

So the children decided to buried it in the garden. It was so cute to see them working together to give this rodent a decent burial.

We did find a bit of blood around the neck of the shrew and the children and I hypothesize what may have happen to the shrew. Our conclusion it was probably killed by one of the many cats that roam the neighborhood.

Just another average day in a home schooling family:)!

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  1. Interesting, I've never seen a shrew before (at least outside of the zoo). I think I saw that you won the HSV Garden Challenge prize???? If so, congrats!!!!!

  2. I don't think I've heard of a shrew, but it does look a lot like a mole That picture of your sad son is pitiful :( God bless them for their great concern for one of God's creatures and for the touching burial! Clicked a vote for you today! Have a great weekend! :)

  3. RIP, Mr (or Ms?) Shrew! It is sad part of life- being a trophy for a cat. (we've had our share of trophy-gifts on our doorstep too)

    Good experience! (-:

  4. Wonderful experience (even the sad ones teach . . .) It says something about your kids that they were concerned for one of God's smallest and most insignificant creatures enough to make the time and effort to bury it properly.
    Wonderful teaching moment - for all of us!
    Thank you!

  5. Oh my goodness, you are so very brave. I have "issues" with little creatures such as that one, ha ha! I have never seen a shrew before except for in a children's book. Thank you for sharing!

  6. Just stopping in to say Hi and clicked a vote for you today! Hope you are having a good weekend! :)

  7. Right after this post I saw a neighborhood cat carrying another little rodent in his mouth:( The cat didn't drop it our yard this time so the kids didn't see it;)

  8. I was guessing vole...I don't think I've ever seen a shrew before... :)