Last Ant Standing

April 26, 2010

When I started this project, I did not think about how it would end.

Here is the last one:

15 Down, 1 To Go

I believe this last ant to be Tiny, our lone survivor.  Tiny’s activities are reduced to building additional tunnel blockades and standing still.  If you click through to view the larger image above, Tiny is standing, staring right at the camera.

Tiny has not moved the last 3 corpses (two of which are also noted above), they remain where they were from the moment I figured they were dead.  There was quite a bit of ongoing corpse movement even when there were as many as four-five ants left, but no more.

I thought about whether I should set Tiny free, but decided that she would quickly be killed by the first native ants she encountered, and that a lonely and peaceful death here in the habitat was preferable to a terrifying and violent death outside.  I suppose I am again projecting my own emotions onto Tiny, who is probably not thinking about her situation in those terms.  But I take my ant custodial responsibilities seriously, so I am trying to do what I can, which seems to be, nothing.  So I wait.

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