Hi, all. New here, but I like what I see. We came home late tonight (8 pm), so I don't know when it happened, but 2 of our runner ducks got eaten at some point today. They were in the run, right where they usually stand between their feeder and kiddie pool. The odd thing was that their bodies were completely intact, with nothing in the middle. The heads, feet, tails and wings were completely untouched, but the spines, breastbones and backs were picked clean. And I mean CLEAN. The skin around the midsection was also still present, laying there in a strip still atttached in a couple places to the birds. I don't see signs of broken necks, but I guess it's possible they were. This would have been bizarre if it was one duck, but 2 almost identical kills makes it evident that this is an M.O., not a fluke. Something ate ALL of the meat off of these two ducks, and NONE of the non-edible parts, and I don't see any obvious causes of death, other than the missing organs. There were 2 other runner ducks in the area, unharmed, and 4 banty hens that like to roost in the duck area. Some of the larger chickens come and go from the duck run. Something heavy bent the 6.5 foot welded wire over at the top, but it may have been one of our horses. If it was an animal, I'd say it was at least as heavy as a fat raccoon to have been able to bend the wire. The fence is only 4 feet on the chicken side, so predators have always chosen that side in the past. We got rid of all the foxes last year, and raccoons haven't ever gotten after our chickens, even though we have a huge population of them here. Anyway, I don't know of any predator that would eat the animal on the spot and clean the carcass so thoroughly, leaving it intact with the head untouched. We live near 2 waterways, and have all possible wildlife here, so anything's possible. If it weren't for the bent wire, I'm afraid I would be leaning toward the two remaining ducks, or the chickens, but they're innocent for now. Any ideas? Thanks in advance for any help, Steve.