Yesterday I was at my neighbor's house, and I saw that in her backyard was this HUGE mole hill. It was the biggest mole hill I have ever seen in my life. Being that I love setting traps and executing moles, I offered to help her set a trap the next day and get rid of it. But first, she'd want to get a bucket and clear out some of that dirt, because there was just so much of it.
Well, she came over to my house today and I invited her in, and she just stood there sort of shocked looking and asked me to please come and see what she unearthed while clearing out the dirt from the mole hill. Would I be able to tell what it was? She was freaking out because it was a DEAD something!
Intrigued, I ran over there as fast as I could! I wondered if it was some super mole I'd never encountered before! I put my disposable gloves on and sort of moved the dead thing around a bit, and was able to determine that this dead critter was not a mole, but, rather, a cat. Correction. Half a cat.
The back half of the cat could clearly be seen once more of the dirt was removed. There were the long hind legs, and the even longer tail. The fur was gray. The question was, where was the front half of this cat? The cat was decomposing, of course, but it looked to me to be pretty fresh, because there was still blood and guts.
Got down on my knees and started digging. Didn't find the front half of the cat, but I did find a mole tunnel. It was about two inches in diameter, so it was still a pretty good sized mole!
My theory is the cat stalked the mole and went after it when it popped out of its mole hill. The cat dug like crazy to get to the mole, which is what made the mole hill so darned huge, and chased the mole down its tunnel. The poor cat probably got its head and front end stuck in the little mole tunnel and suffocated. We presumed the mole (and his buddies?) took what they could of the cat and are enjoying a cat buffet down in their mole tunnels somewhere.
The worst part of it all? My neighbor thinks it might be their cat. They have three, which are in and out all the time, and she doesn't think she's seen this particular gray kitty in a few days.