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Monday, January 11, 2010

MORE SNOW PRINTS - now it is Gavin's turn

GAVIN LLOYD WILSON: Since you started this game, can I join in too?

What makes tracks like these? (See attached photos). The tracks comprise of a group of three indentations - each indentation being approx 1 1/2" long and each group of three approx 15 - 18" apart.

These photos were taken in the graveyard behind the chapel in Glandwr, Pembrokeshire on the morning of the 2nd January 2010.

It's probably something very ordinary, but I can't imagine what.


The one thing that I want to know is what was Gavin doing poking about in a graveyard in the middle of the winter? It sounds a bit goth-y to me. Surely one `Gothic Cryptozoologist` on the team is enough?


Dr Dan Holdsworth said...

That's nothing more exciting than a rabbit running; the two parallel prints are the forefeet, and the one single one is the back feet almost but not quite superimposed.

Lanette said...

I am going with a 3 legged bunny (missing a front leg).

Retrieverman said...

I think these are rabbit tracks.

When rabbits run, they put their hind legs forward. Their forelegs usually fall in the same position.

It's easy to tell the direction in which the rabbit has run, because the side that of the print cluster that has the two big prints is where the hind feet hit the snow. Because they move their hind legs forward first when moving, the side of the cluster with the big prints tells us where the rabbit went.

Now gray squirrels do make a similar track, and if you had fox squirrels in the UK, that might be a possibility. http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3420/3213343119_efa1645312_o.jpg (and with squirrels the same rules apply for determining which direction the animal went.)

But the size says that these are rabbits.

European rabbit track: http://files.myopera.com/SittingFox/blog/Snow%20track%20rabbit.jpg

Retrieverman said...

How rabbits run:


Neil A said...

Clearly rabbit prints. It's amazing how many witnesses take photo's of rabbit prints as mistaken identity for 'big cat' tracks. In thawing snow a rabbit print can look like one big print minus a two or two!

G L Wilson said...

I thought it might be a squirrel but all the photos I could find of squirrel tracks show four distinct impressions in each grouping, rather than three.

I have seen rabbits in the chapel grounds on other occasions, so this is plausible.

There were also dog prints nearby, so perhaps the dog was chasing the rabbit.