NT2470 : Death in suburbia - 3

taken 7 months ago, near to Morningside, Edinburgh, Great Britain

Death in suburbia - 3
Death in suburbia - 3
The pair still struggle, watched by Magpie and Crow [immature Carrion Crow, I think]. See NT2470 : Death in suburbia - 4 for the next photo.
Death in suburbia :: NT2472
Arriving home from a short expedition, and reversing into my drive, I noticed some commotion in a neighbour's garden, involving Magpies, Crows and a struggling grey fluffy ball which I thought was a Grey Squirrel. I stopped and watched, and realised it was a conflict between a Stoat and a Rabbit. Both Crows and Magpies were flapping around and squawking; after about 4 minutes the struggling stopped, and the Stoat ran off, leaving a motionless corpse on the path. I was able to get out of the car and get a bit nearer. After couple of minutes the Stoat returned and began to haul the corpse away, with great difficulty. I watched for 15 minutes more, during which time it had been dragged about 10m. Interestingly, the body soon became quite stiff, so difficult to manoeuvre along the hedge base. There was an interlude when, while the Stoat was away, a Crow had a go at pecking the Rabbit's eye. These photos are some of 32 taken during my 23 minutes of observation. An hour later the body was gone.
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 10 April, 2019   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 10 April, 2019
Geographical Context
Lowlands  Suburb, Urban fringe  Wild Animals, Plants and Mushrooms 
Place (from Tags)
Edinburgh  Morningside 
Bird (from Tags)
Magpie  Crow 
Mammal (from Tags)
Stoat  Rabbit 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NT 2439 7010 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:55.0813N 3:12.6802W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NT 2438 7011
View Direction
South-southwest (about 202 degrees)
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Garden  Predation 

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