Tuesday, April 5, 2011

When predators attack!

This is a picture of our first clay model we found after a predator attack. Was it a racoon? Was it a bird? Was it a cat? What do you think? Leave a comment below.


  1. David and most of the class thinks it was a bird that pulled and Dennis said it was a walrus or ninja

  2. why because when you were still in class with us you said that bird sometimes pull on them and they rip through them due to the wire that holds them down(David)

    I was wondering why the core of the lizard remained on the wire but didn't tear the lizard in half? (vertically)
    By the way.
    Doesn't the clay dry out at some point to the point it dries out and it easy to crack and break by simple weather or wind?

    Why do you always smile??? :D

  3. I agree with second period that a bird could be a likely culprit. However, since this model was placed in a residential area I think it also could have been a cat. Since the clay was stripped off of the wire but there were no teeth marks I think it was grabbed by paws.

    Alsio to speak to Laura's comment, the clay is pleadingly and is oily and does not dry out.

    To speak to Dennis's comment I am always smiling because I am a grown man being paid to chase lizards- I love my job.

  4. Carlos: raccoon because i know that raccoons have long nails and they could slice through things.

    Selena: I dont think it is a raccoon because the nail marks were not there. I think it was something with paws.

    Eric: I think it was a human being who got scared and took it apart.

    Ivan: I dont think it is a bird because maybe it would have choked on it

    Jorge: I think it was a falcon that tried to pick it up but it could not because it sliced in half.

    Victor: I dont think it was a falcon because it is in a residential area

    Ivan: maybe it was a child who was curious

    Carlos: are there monkeys there?

  5. Amanda: What was your first reaction when you saw the model lizard? Whatever attacked the model probably got frustrated because of the lizard's lack of response to the attack. What did you do with the broken model?

    Jessey: Since the lizard was placed in a residential area, have the models been stolen by any locals? Do you think the predator who ate the lizard got sick from eating the clay?

    Ms. Flemming: Was this lizard found on the mainland or the island? And how many people live in this area?

    Jose S: Do you think it could have been a branch that fell on the model?

    Guillermo: If there were no marks left on the model, what kind of animal do you think attacked? (I think a cat would have left claw marks.)

    Amanda/Jose S: Was it the wind or rain or other weather that caused it? Did this happen when it was storming?

    We want you to bring back clay models when you come back!

  6. Hi guys. Thanks for following along. Let me take a minute to answer your questions.

    Amanda- I was surprised to see the model so mangled. I took more clay and rebuilt it.

    Jessey- none of the models have been stolen yet but it is something we worry about. The models in the residential area are in the yard of someone we know so we think they are safe. I bet the predator that ate a model did feel a little bit sick.

    Ms. Flemming- the model in that picture was on the mainland. Inside of the park there are no people living permanently but outside ofthe park there are residential neighborhoods.

    Jose- I don't think it was a branch. The models don't come apart easily.

    Guillermo- it may have been pulled off the wire frame by a raccoon. That is a good point about the claw marks. We really can't be sure what it was.

    Amanda- Jose- it was not storming on the day it happened.

    I will definitely bring models if I have the chance to make it back for a visit.

    Thanks guys.

  7. It could have been a big rat that keep on biting on the clay models and what island are you on now.

  8. Nikki Solis 2nd PeriodApril 11, 2011 at 7:26 AM

    I think anything that can access the clay models would've attacked it. It could've been a squirrel or bird.

  9. I believe the attacker was a raccoon. They are big enough to take the lizard apart like that. I don't think that a bird could take apart the lizard into two part. It would have been more pecked and torn into smaller pieces.

  10. Jacqueline Fuentes 3rdApril 11, 2011 at 8:12 AM

    I think the attacker was a bird. If the bird pecked on it it could've torn in into two and even more if it tried to fly away with the lizard.

  11. Cong Deng from ZoologyApril 11, 2011 at 8:25 AM

    I think the predator didn't like the taste of clay. LOL

    Do you put any lizard models near the river bank? or anywhere near the water source ?

  12. Elizabeth MartinezApril 11, 2011 at 2:17 PM

    Poor lizard never had a chance with those evil preditors lurking around!

  13. I think it is a raccoon because he/she likes to destroy things and got angry after finding out that he/she got fooled. >:)

  14. alejandro delacruzApril 13, 2011 at 11:14 AM

    i think a racoon attacked it cause a bird or cat cant do that cause a racoon destroys things

  15. I think it was a racoon.

  16. i think it might have been a a raccon because it might of thought it was some sort of food

  17. Stephanie Moreno 2nd PeriodApril 15, 2011 at 7:26 AM

    I Think it Was a Bird .

  18. Did you ever find out what attacked the clay modle?

  19. I think it was either a racoon or bird because they are most likely the predators to be found in wild areas.

  20. daaamn i tought it was a real lizard that you chopped into two pieces. did the birds fall for it or did the lizards think it was real also