The Way of All Flesh

IMG_4143The other day I wondered what our Common Ravens are eating. They are greatly attracted to carrion; but how much carrion is found in New York City? This young Raccoon was gone the next day: presumably staff cleaned it away. The natural process of decomposition had already begun. Scavenger wasps and flies that lay their eggs on carrion were at work. IMG_4145Granted, this may gross some people out; but without these insects, without all the other carrion-phages, the bacteria, insects, birds, mammals, we would be neck-high in corpses.

4 Responses to “The Way of All Flesh”


  1. 1 elwnyc October 4, 2015 at 11:31 am

    More of Nature’s sanitation workers!

    Off topic, but have you seen The Creeping Garden at Film Forum? Slime molds!

  2. 3 Lisa October 5, 2015 at 7:02 am

    there are Ravens at greenwood Matthew? only heard about the pair at the new park on the edge of sunset park.


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