First, it cannot possibly be a turtle.
1. Turtles don't have teeth.
2. You've seen turtles crawl out of their shells in the cartoons, right? In reality a turtle's body cannot stay "intact" without the shell. The
inner layer of a turtle’s shell is made up of bones that includes portions of the backbone and the ribs.
3. Turtles have scaly/leathery skin. This animal has a smooth skin and had fur.
Further, it's not a canine because the claws/paws doesn't match that of a dog.
The size of the fly tells us it's a small creature. If we take the average size of a house fly - about 6 millimetres (1/4 inch) and we compare that
to the size of the creature, it would make the creature about 300-400 millimetres (very rough estimate) or 12-15 inches with the tail excluded. A
racoon's body length can be from 600 to 1200, which means that this animal falls into the "small racoon" range.
The skull fits the racoon's skull. (You'll notice the top front teeth is missing, giving it the "beak-like" appearance.
The claws/paws is strikingly similar to that of a racoon.
The colour of the (remaining) fur matches that of a racoon. (Question is - where did the fur go?)
In conclusion I'll put a large sum of money on racoon.
I woudln't completely rule out Meerkat - it's just a bit far from home... And the muskrat has rodent teeth which rules it out.
On a side note, there's some whisperings of "Viral" in the air...
[edit on 30-7-2008 by Gemwolf]