Predator that decapitates its prey but doesn't eat it?
Years ago I discovered a decapitated adult Canada goose stuck in the back corner of a stall in the run-in shed. I assumed it got trampled by one of the horses.
Sadly this morning, I found a decapitated kitten, in the same stall, same far corner. The fur on its body wasn't bloodied and it didn't appear to have been violently attacked and there were no bite marks whatsoever (or flattened areas where a hoof could have stepped on it). Its little head was right next to it, with only part of the skin removed. It was otherwise whole, for lack of a better term.
I tried googling what happened and found very few ideas. I'm thinking perhaps an owl is the culprit. Any other ideas?
We have very few feral cats in the area and was so saddened that I didn't 't find this poor kitten before it met its fate.
If not for the years in between the two incidents, I would be thinking juvenile future serial killer....
But, this topic came up at a barn we were shoeing just a few days ago and I am trying like heck to remember what kind of animals were mentioned as decapitators. Raccoons? I'll ask my husband if he remembers.
I asked my vet why my cat leaves us headless presents. I mean she surgically removes the head. I keep thinking she's got a pyramid of skulls in her lair.
Vet said the brains are really fatty and good eatin'. She was saying something else but I was too grossed out to hear.