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Yes, a Cat Can Get Your Tongue

Discussion in 'GatorTail Pub' started by lacuna, Feb 8, 2020.

  1. lacuna

    lacuna The Conscience of Too Hot Moderator VIP Member

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    The joke about cats being used in Chinese cooking in the thread about Chinese restaurants brought to mind something that as been in the news recently. The local university, Colorado Mesa Univ. here in Grand Junction has a Forensic Investigation Research Station - a body farm - 5 or 10 miles south of Grand Junction in Whitewater, CO.

    Researchers there discovered/ observed feral cats living in the area have been dining on bodies left in the facility's field.

    This is probably the reason the campaign to spay the cats has been stepped up in the region. It has been a serious problem in some areas of the Western Slope.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/scie...evidence-that-your-cat-might-eat-your-corpse/

    "Left alone, a human corpse will soon be feasted upon by maggots. Also, depending on the circumstances, by a cat.

    "is one of those pet-owner musings, a conversation topic so dark that it inspired a book by a mortician: Would Fluffy eat me if I dropped dead? The answer, according to small but growing body of scientific literature, is a fairly clear yes.

    "The newest entry into these annals includes photographic evidence of such dining in progress. In a recent paper, researchers describe the consumption of two different human corpses by two different cats, both of which displayed a taste for arm tissue.

    "To be clear, the bodies were there for this purpose. Both were donated to Colorado Mesa University’s Forensic Investigation Research Station, the kind of facility commonly known as a “body farm.” At any given time, a few dozen corpses are decomposing on its two acres of saltbush-dotted desert. Scientists and students document what happens, and their findings help law enforcement, coroners and medical examiners determine “what is natural that happens to a body and what is not natural,” said Melissa Connor, a forensic anthropology professor who is director of the station."

    Forensic Investigation Research Station | Colorado Mesa Univ.

    Forensic Investigation Research Station
    "The Forensic Investigation Research Station (FIRS) is centered upon an outdoor facility focused on research, teaching, and service regarding the decomposition of human remains. Construction of the state-of-the-art building began in 2012. The first human donation was received in 2013 and at the end of 2017, there were over 60 human donations, approximately 20 of which were in the donated human skeleton collection.

    "At 4,780 feet above mean sea level, the FIRS receives an average of 8.6 inches of rain with 60% humidity, creating an extremely arid environment. This, combined with the area's average of about 70% of days per year of possible sunshine, makes the environment considerably different than those found in other forensic research facilities.

    "The FIRS trains and works with students, law enforcement specialists, forensic scientists, and qualified researchers in many disciplines. The building contains a classroom and morgue with an up-to-date teaching facility, a cooler, and modern morgue equipment.

    "We are a research facility and do not conduct tours. Requests from qualified researchers to visit the FIRS will be considered on a case-by-case basis."
     
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  2. lacuna

    lacuna The Conscience of Too Hot Moderator VIP Member

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    Yes, there is one in Pasco County, Florida

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2017/02/28/new-body-farm-opens-in-florida-becomes-7th-in-u-s/#12bdfe232864

    Feb 28, 2017, 07:45am
    Forensic 'Body Farm' Opens In Florida - Becomes Seventh In US

    A new forensic "body farm" is finally in the works in the state of Florida -- just the seventh human decomposition research program in the United States. The state-of-the-art facility will include body donation, but will also serve as a training ground for K9, ballistics and remote sensing, among other cutting-edge forensic techniques.

    Announced in a press conference yesterday by Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco, the new facility will be located just north of Tampa, Florida, and is known as FIRST -- the Florida Forensic Institute for Research, Security and Tactical Training. It already has strong support from the county Board of Commissioners, from Pasco-Hernando State College and from the Institute of Forensic Anthropology and Applied Sciences, which is headed by forensic anthropologist Erin Kimmerle of the University of South Florida.

    Kimmerle is a real-life Temperance Brennan -- she and her team at IFAAS routinely partner with local law enforcement and help crack cold cases using forensic science. But Kimmerle also does research into historical cases, such as the Mariana Boys School, and into the complicated process of human decomposition.

     
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  3. lacuna

    lacuna The Conscience of Too Hot Moderator VIP Member

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    Cat's got everybody's tongue on this thread. Where are all the punsters? Can't anybody dig up some sort of quip to prove the denizens of this place aren't dead?
     
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    g8trdave It's Great to Be a Florida Gator!!! VIP Member

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    The new facility in Florida will be named Kill-a-man-jaro.

    I'll be here all day...
     
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  5. lacuna

    lacuna The Conscience of Too Hot Moderator VIP Member

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    Catopia?
     
  7. lacuna

    lacuna The Conscience of Too Hot Moderator VIP Member

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    A improvement over catalepsy.

    Seems as though this topic has us nipped.