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– Title of an album by electronic band Minuit
A human body exposed to summer heat can be reduced to bones in nine days. First the flies and maggots feast on the body’s fluids. As the tissues decay, they feed on the whole body through orifices and wounds. Next the insects and predators gorge on the juicy maggots. Once the body has begun to decompose, in come the beetles that tuck in to the tougher flesh, skin, and ligaments. In Australia the intestines of herbivores are a delicacy for the dung beetle. Then moths and mites feed on fly eggs and hair. Meantime, the bacteria are busy, helping the body to decompose and recycling the nutrients. Is that, I wonder, what happened to our Brahman bull Angel?
He came to us in spring. It was the year my partner, Jen, extended the trellis to support the bumper broad-bean crop. The paddocks were rich in green pick and cows didn’t trundle after the truck bellowing, ‘Feed me, feed me’.