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Country diary: the hidden life and undramatic death of a young mole

<p><strong>Wothorpe-on-the-Hill, Lincolnshire:</strong> Given its shadowy existence, the mole’s lifestyle is remarkably relatable</p><p>Something black is lying at the side of the path. It looks like a discarded mitten. Ahead, my daughter spots it and peers down, then leaps away, as you might when you realise that something interesting is actually something dead. But she goes back for another look – suggesting that, whatever it is, it’s interesting but perhaps isn’t gruesome.</p><p>After a few reassuring words, all crowd in. It’s a mole. Recently expired, by the looks of it: on its back, legs thrown to four extremes. Cause of death isn’t clear. No gore. It’s pretty intact, suggesting a bored cat, or natural causes. Tiredness, I suggest, given their ceaseless work.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jul/16/country-diary-the-hidden-life-and-undramatic-death-of-a-young-mole">Continue reading...</a>

Wothorpe-on-the-Hill, Lincolnshire: Given its shadowy existence, the mole’s lifestyle is remarkably relatable

Something black is lying at the side of the path. It looks like a discarded mitten. Ahead, my daughter spots it and peers down, then leaps away, as you might when you realise that something interesting is actually something dead. But she goes back for another look – suggesting that, whatever it is, it’s interesting but perhaps isn’t gruesome.

After a few reassuring words, all crowd in. It’s a mole. Recently expired, by the looks of it: on its back, legs thrown to four extremes. Cause of death isn’t clear. No gore. It’s pretty intact, suggesting a bored cat, or natural causes. Tiredness, I suggest, given their ceaseless work.

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