Friday, November 15, 2013


How long do you think it will take a rat to decompose after it's been buried?

I've been thinking I might dig it up after an appropriate amount of time and retrieve its little skull. Clean it up and polish it and put it someplace with one of my little collections.

Does that seem weird?

There is an artist that works with skulls, Jessica Joslin, and I love her work. Maybe I could send her the little rat skull to make something for me.

sculpture by Jessica Joslin



  1. i think she was partially drugged by the poison so was dying anyway. catching and releasing her would have just prolonged her pain.

  2. I say a few months. I wouldn't have the stomach to dig it up. Besides, other animals might have partaken of the feast you left behind, and you'd be disappointed.

  3. You can boil it and clean it faster. There is a huge glass panel outdoor sculpture going up in Des Moines, IA. I think it is called Glass Ring of Color, with 15 huge panels. The sculpture park is huge.

  4. It was so violent, in the end - I understand your misgivings. But you had to do what you had to do.

  5. If you really want the skull you could boil it and clean it that way. Not my cup of tea, but each to their own.

  6. Stop kicking yourself. The rat had opportunity after opportunity to take the hint and hit the road.

  7. I don't think it would weird at all, but an honorable thing to do.

    This lady does wonderful things with bones:

  8. That is an amazing sculpture!

    Give it time and see if you still want the skull in a few weeks. Then you can consider retrieving it. I think your remorse will have passed by then.

    You shouldn't feel too bad about this. We can't have rats in our houses. That's not an unreasonable position.


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