Farmer searching for answers after terrifying find in paddock

Despite many years on the land the Tasmanian farmer said he had never seen a carcass like this before.

WARNING — GRAPHIC IMAGES: A Tasmanian farmer was left searching for answers after making a terrifying find on his property on Monday morning.

The farmer approached his flock around 8.30 am and found a "dead newborn lamb" on the grass, yet it was the unusual condition of the carcass that left him utterly confused. "It has been eaten, everything except the head and spine," the farmer's sister wrote online. "Spine is picked clean, and the skin has been left untouched."

The terrifying find can be seen in the picture with the spine and parts of the lamb's body on the grass.
The terrifying find was the carcass of a newborn lamb which had been eaten by some unknown animal. Source: Facebook
The farmer's boots can be seen beside the carcass.
The farmer has 'never seen' an animal leave its prey in this state before. Source: Facebook

She continued by saying her brother who has "farmed for many years" has "never seen" an animal carcass in the same state, reaching out to a field naturalist community online to ask if anyone had any clue.

"The carcass weight would be around six kilograms," she wrote.

Online group guesses what killed lamb

The group proposed a long list of possible predators which could have been responsible for the lamb's death, or at least for the state in which it was found by the farmer.

Due to the location of the animal attack, the Tasmanian devil was quickly thrown in as a suggestion, however, the animal was discredited as they are seemingly known to eat their prey's skin, with the lamb's skin in this case being "virtually untouched".

A dog was also disregarded after it was confirmed only one of the farmer's animals had been killed, with the online group believing a dog "would usually do a lot more damage to a flock of sheep". Ravens, wallabies and cats were all thrown into the ring as the possible predator.

Expert weighs in on mystery

Veteran Tasmanian ecologist Nick Mooney explained the remains would need to be examined to accurately conclude what happened to the lamb in question, but it's unlikely only one animal was responsible for its condition.

"My bet is it was stillborn and in the day was inverted by ravens or hawks, and picked over at night by a quoll or two," he told Yahoo News Australia, explaining his educated guess was based on the animal's skin still being intact.

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