Take a peg for your nose and approach the rock fence with even more caution than usual! This unfortunate goat (quite possibly a Soay sheep) has tumbled right down and come to rest just above the hole used in the rock fence for ascent, meaning proximity to the carcass is unavoidable. Be careful where you put your hands as the smell (juices) seem to now be travelling downhill.
Its been there a couple of weeks and although less pungent than before there’s still enough lingering pong to merit warning.
P.s. First dibs on the horned skull once the decomposition renders it less minging to touch ;/
Correction, there are now TWO dead goats in the gully. Both near the hole. Smells grim.
Seems like its becoming a tunnel of goats.
Look out for a child and a nurse next!
(PS. if you've never watched Father Ted this will mean nothing).
Dead Goat in Shoot Valley would make a great route name.
The dead go-at society.
Are the skulls and horns still intact? Asking for a friend
Slightly off topic but there was a dead goat at Brean that got his horns caught in the emergency exit rope and ended up hanging half way down the scramble before someone cut it off and left its rope entwined carcass to rot just along from the leftmost climbs.
kinda felt bad as in reality these access ropes we leave dotted around the countryside are essentially litter and evidentially a hazard to animals.
Not just ropes though...
Many years I was walking somewhere near Laggan when we started to smell something fairly awful, a little later we came to a deer fence with a young stag hanging by one leg from the mesh and in an advanced state of decomposition. Can only assume it had tried to jump the fence, failed, & ended up tangled in the fence.
Nearby Creag Dubh (Newtonmore) often has dead & decaying goats
When we did the - unfortunately no longer with us - Dier Bield Buttress many years ago, a bunch of sheep had obviously entered a suicide pact and hurled themselves off before we arrived. That gave quite an incentive to get off the ground and further away as soon as we could.
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