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Pictured here are two pecker bones, “pecker” being a family-friendly term for tallywhacker. The actual term for a pecker bone is a baculum; humans don’t have them, but a lot of other mammals do. A walrus baculum is so big that people can use them for canes. In this photo, the upper pecker bone is from a raccoon. The lower pecker bone is from a black bear. The most striking thing about these pecker bones is that they are roughly equivalent in size even though the raccoon weighed around 15 pounds and the bear weighed around 200 pounds. The second most striking thing about these pecker bones, at least to me, is the strange hook at the end of the raccoon’s. My friend Karl Malcolm, a hunter and trapper and black bear biologist from Wisconsin, sharpened this one on the end. It makes a perfect tooth pick, suitable for reaching those hard-to-reach corners. It comes in especially handy after eating a bag of poorly trimmed venison jerky. It has the necessary strength to grab and extract even the toughest strips of sinew. My son, Jim, (below) volunteered to demonstrate proper picking form.