Owl Pellet

Here are some pictures from my recent dissection of an owl pellet. If anyone is unfamiliar with what an owl pellet actually is, it’s all of the fur, bones, teeth, feathers, and insect shells that owls can’t digest. After eating small rodents, birds, and bugs owls spit out these parts.

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Initially the pellet was dry and hard, so I let it soak in warm water for about 5 minutes.

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Then, I began to carefully break apart the pellet with forceps and a probe, pulling out tiny little bones.

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I ended up with a lot of tiny bones! They included ribs, scapula, jaws with teeth, hind-limbs, fore-limbs, vertebrae, and other bone fragments.

 

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