This will hopefully not be a heartbreak for fans of Wind in the Willows, but Mole is dead. The mystery is, "Who killed Mole?"
I found a dead mole in Skip garden last week. That was strange enough. But then a second dead mole appeared on Thursday, just at the gate. Not a mark on it. What had happened?
Apparently this is not an unusual phenomenon (see here) as young moles leave, or are driven out of the nest. Why they are found dead seems to be a bit of a mystery. Any suggestions?
"One morning in Devon
I found a dead mole
with the dew still beading it.
I had thought the mole
a big-boned coulter
but there it was,
small and cold
as the thick of a chisel."
Two points about the photo. Did you notice the little tail? The mole measured five inches nose to tail.