least shrew

Nature, red in tooth and claw.

I found this tiny dead shrew on the lawn this morning - probably one of the neighborhood cats’ discarded playthings. I had my Tennysonian moment for the day early, and poured myself a second cup of coffee. 

God bless the brutes and beasts, and us, to whom he allegedly gave dominion. 

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Least shrew (Cryptotis parva), in Portsmouth, Virginia.