Horns on the roof…still…

It’s been a while, so I thought I’d post an update on the cow horns that are on my roof.  If you’re a new LJ friend and don’t understand why someone would do this, you can read all about it in my earlier post.  (Then you can quietly un-friend me if you decide I’m just too strange to hang out with, after all.)

I checked on the horns tonight, and the small critters eating away the gunky stuff between the horn and the bone in the middle of it have made some progress.  Not much, but a little.  In one horn, you can now see a tiny gap between horn and bone, where the fleshy stuff is gone.  At this rate, however, SPITFIRE will be published, read, and out of print before these things are ready to show anyone at a presentation. They also smell bad.

What I really need, I’ve decided, is something that works more quickly.  Blog karma brought me the answer when I checked out Unabridged — the Charlesbridge blog and heard about what some of their editors saw on a tour of the American Museum of Natural History during a break from BEA. 

Check out these guys…

Turns out you can order them online, too, but they’re expensive (and kind of scary, frankly).  Let’s hope the critters on my roof get to work soon.

9 Replies on “Horns on the roof…still…

  1. I’m so glad I friended you. This is too cool.

    What about burying them so the little critters in the ground can get to them? Course, You’d have to bury them deep. I buried some beautiful shells from a Girl Scout trip to Sanibel Island, Florida when I was a teen. (In an open gallon ziplock.) I didn’t realize till I got home and they were stinking that there were still critters in them. We went away for the weekend and when we got back, the entire bag was gone. Probably a dog. I’m still depressed about it. 😉

  2. Re: I’m still you friend!

    Yep – I can see how someone fascinated by ocean trash would be okay with flesh-eating bugs, too. Thanks, Loree!

  3. I love Sanibel Island! My parents spend winters in Naples, not too far from there.

    Maybe I will try burying one of the horns. It would be fun to compare the roof bugs to the soil bugs and see who’s more efficient!

  4. What a neat idea! The best craft projects are the ones that result in something you can actually use. They’re sure to look awesome when finished, if the bugs can just quit laying down on the job. Wish I had some good suggestions for you, but the only remotely taxidermy-ish thing I ever did complete ruined what I was trying to preserve. Now all I have left is a flaking javelina skull.

    Oh, and not weird at all. At least you have a rhyme and reason. A few years ago, my husband and his friend busted a game controller that had stopped working, and the thing hung by its wire from our front door lamp until we moved.