This luckless little creature, a former resident of our backyard, met its end at the jaws of one of our cats last weekend. The last time she caught one of these I was able to interfere in time. But this time when I got to the scene of the incident, it was too late and the lifeless victim was already deposited on the rug inside the house. Luckily, there were no blood stains to clean.
It appears to be a northern short-tailed shrew (Blarina brevicauda). It is now out of the evolutionary game (hopefully, it had already reproduced), but not completely finished with its service to Snail's Tales. It is now being devoured by maggots in the backyard and that story, in all its glory and stink, will be posted here soon.