Foul play, accident or natural causes?

about  Boolcoomatta Reserve  
on 22 Feb 2016 

The recent discovery of deceased stumpy led to an unusual conclusion.

Driving along the track the other day to check a pump at our east station dam, the source of non-drinking water for the reserve, I noticed this sleepy lizard (bob tail or stumpy tail, depending what state or area you come from).

He was lying just off the track and I noticed that he hadn't moved as I approached and carefully went past. So I pulled up, got out of the ute and wandered back up the sandy track to inspect the situation.

At first I was sad to realise he was no longer alive and thought that, given he was on the side of the track, that a vehicle must have accidently run over him.

But after further inspection I detected natural causes.

A most unusual death by stabbing had occurred – something I've never seen before in 40 years of living in the bush.

The odds of a sharp enough stick being lodged into the softest area, that's least protected by ancient armour are so slim! All I could think was 'When your time's up, your time's up'.

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