on the access track to origma reserve one afternoon, I came across the carcass of a little pied cormorant that had been felled by a raptor and was being minutely butchered by a colony of the industrious australian meat ant, iridomyrmex purpureus...

with talon and beak, the raptor had carefully excised and consumed the breast meat of the slain waterbird, which would have been killed on the wing and knocked from the sky while flying between waterholes...

the poignant remains of the fresh carcass lay in the sand of the track where the ants quickly clothed it, biting out tiny parcels of meat and carrying them back, in convoy, to their enormous underground nest to feed their thousands of pupae...

by evening, a fox, dog or other carrion-attracted creature would drag the carcass away to feed its own instinctual appetites...

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