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I have noticed the droppings below, quite visible on snow, next to an inner-town building situated next to this place in Luxembourg, central Europe. There are quite a few, but I have not noticed them anywhere else. What animal creates these and why do they have this red color which stains the surrounding snow? Is it a cat being fed colored food?

Local wildlife is mostly city pigeons (with digestive tracts of steel), huge flocks of crows (inhabiting parks and occupying the construction cranes at nightfall), maybe a few stray foxes and rabbits. House dogs and cats of course although these don't run around unattended.

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    $\begingroup$ How big are they? Is the snow melting? (Otherwise it looks like whatever left it did it without leaving tracks.) $\endgroup$ – picapica Jan 24 '16 at 23:54
  • $\begingroup$ @picapica As big as the the half the pinky. The snow is not melting in this picture, temperature about -4°C. The picture shows the border of a decorative plant-holding trough, rather overgrown, so it's likely there are mice living in there and probably cats doing regular inspections. $\endgroup$ – David Tonhofer Jan 25 '16 at 12:26

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