Dead Animal Symbolism, Meaning, & Omens

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Spiritual folks and people who follow a Shamanic path watch for signs from nature. It may be a lesson, a harbinger or a message nudging our awareness. These omens signal them that something important is about to happen. Seeing dead animals can also shed light on past situations.

We talk a lot about Animal Spirits, Guides, and Totems, but what does it mean when a dead animal lies in our pathway. Animal lovers find such encounters to be emotionally and mentally painful. But the question remains; is there a message in these moments?

Light Workers and Sensitives seem to agree that the answer to that question is yes. This article explains some potential ways of interpreting your experience.

Please note, however, that opinions on this subject vary. You may find your personal insights differ. Trust your inner voice and higher self in those moments. Additionally, just as with interpreting Animal Symbolism and Meanings, the heart of the matter often bears cultural and circumstantial significance. This, too, can cause different ‘outcomes’ or interpretations for seeing dead animals.

Death, in general, represents transitions. It may be the end of a cycle, the chance to close an old door and open something new, or in this case it is a literal end in which the animal’s energy moves on. The symbolic value remains. The most common connotations connected to dead animals include change, progression, decisions, processing (or re-processing) and phases.

One of the first ways of approaching this situation is by noting where the creature is, anything nearby that may influence the meaning, the time of day/date and even weather. Spirit, Totem, & Power Animal journaling is always something we recommend. This is like a blueprint where you begin unraveling the messages from your animal spirit guides.

Next, consider if there have been changes in your life lately. Have you had a heavy question lying in your heart? What challenges you right now? Simple questions like these often clarify meaning beyond the short interpretations we are able to provide in this format.

What Does It Mean To See A Dead Spirit, Totem, or Power Animal

The distress of finding a dead animal is difficult enough, but when it’s your Spirit, Totem, or Power Animal the intimacy of this moment is hard to describe. That Animal is part of your soul’s matrix and here it’s earthly form has lost its ‘life’. How do we integrate this spiritually?

First, if your life has undergone a dramatic change recently it may be that your animal spirit guide felt the need to move on so another Spirit could work with the “new you”. However, please don’t be alarmed. This does not mean your animal spirit guide ‘sacrificed’ him/her ‘self’. It means that your animal spirit guide had already chosen to leave this earth. Once that choice was made, your animal spirit guide also chose to be in your path sometime during its transition cycle. This is a beautiful message of metamorphosis – your energy changed, you’ve taken the next steps in your development, and you now have confirmation that you can move forward with confidence. Don’t be surprised if another animal makes itself known to you within the weeks or months ahead.

Another reason you might come across the mortal remains of a Spirit, Totem, or Power Animal is because you’re ignoring some vital truth this messenger has tried to reveal. This is a warning about losing yourself to unrealistic or negative views that can literally eat you up alive.

Finally this experience may be an omen of impending, serious danger. It may be emotional, physical or spiritual, but keep your eyes wide open to what is real and what is illusion.

What Does It Mean To See Dead Animal In Dreams

Just because it’s a dream doesn’t mean that the image of a dead animal becomes any less disturbing. However, once you understand the meaning of your dream it becomes easier to embrace the image as a message from your subconscious, an Animal Guide or even a Higher Power (Angels, Devas, the Divine).

There are some general dream symbols and connections that experts in interpretation created specifically to help you. For example, a dead animal that’s highly dangerous in real life often means that a treacherous circumstance or person has left your life (good news, indeed!). A dead winged creature in dreams represents your personal ambitions and goals fading away for some reason. If these are still significant to you, grab those hopes back and give them mouth-to-mouth! Otherwise perhaps you have moved on to new things that better represent personal changes and visions.

The death of sweet, gentle creatures in dreams may be a little confusing. Have you lost touch with your inner child? Are you staying on-point with personal truth and virtues? On a more positive note, adolescents sometimes have dreams like this because they’re moving into adulthood, leaving certain immature things behind.

As with all dream interpretation the placement of the animal, the surroundings and other details can alter the symbolic value greatly. Keep a dream journal near your bed and write down as much as you can remember as soon as you wake. This way you can go back later and unravel deeper implications.

Common Dead Animal Symbolism, Meanings, & Omens

Before the Internet, if our Spirit, Totem, and Power Animal was an exotic or truly wild animal (Lion, Giraffe, Elephant, Eagle, Shark, Dolphin, etc.) we would very likely never encounter a dead one. Today, millions of animal pictures from all over the world can appear to us at any time. So, whether you see a dead animal in person or via the Internet trust that your animal spirit guides placed it in your path for a purpose.

To put all this information into context we are providing you with potential interpretations from some of the creatures that people mention the most when wondering about death and its meaning.

Dead Bird Symbolism, Meaning, & Omen

The specific type of bird has a lot of bearing on the symbolic value. A white bird, such as a dove, when it meets its final fate could portend unrest and imminent conflict since white is the color of purity and peace.

Birds associated with specific people or places also bring the energy of those to the meaning of the moment. The red-tailed hawk, for example, is sacred to numerous Native American tribes, representing global thinking and vision. The death of one would likely be regarded as narrow-mindedness and a lack of authenticity.

Another good illustration is finding a dead stork. Many cultures see the Stork as a life-bearer associated with motherhood. Here the message could be dire for a pregnant woman, but more often it represents a “brain child” – something you’d hoped to achieve but fell through. You can find out more about specific birds by looking up their characteristics, symbols and meanings.

Dead Crow Symbolism, Meaning, & Omen

Crow is a very smart creature. They’re curious and playful. Because of the typically black color, many ancient societies viewed the Crow as a death-bringer, or minimally a bad omen. Based on this connection one might consider a dead Crow as good news. “Death” has been overcome or another unpleasant incident.

Crows exhibit tremendous capacity for language and are one of the big comedians of the animal kingdom. If you see a dead Crow, it could mean that you’ve lost your sense of humor or the ability to speak your truth.

Crows can be messengers from the Ancestors or Gods themselves. Are you listening?

Dead Sparrow Symbolism, Meaning, & Omen

Sparrow is a common bird representing your sense of self and place in this world. Sparrow often survives where other birds are not so fortunate. In energy work, this bird vibrates with your heart and throat Chakra. When you find a dead sparrow examine your feelings about your voice – are you speaking your truth? Are you confident in your vision and Path?

In Britain, Sparrows near the home spoke of good spirits. A dead one would be considered a warning. It’s time to set up proper protection against wandering souls up to no good.

Dead Squirrel Symbolism, Meaning, & Omen

Squirrels are incredibly smart and resourceful. They are the master planners of the animal kingdom. They also have an innate sense of danger, moving them out of the path as quickly as possible. Even with this defensive nature, Squirrel loves a good challenge and adapts well to necessary changes.

Seeing a dead Squirrel can be a message to watch how you expend your resources, including your personal energy. Plan ahead and stay watchful for issues to which you may have turned a blind eye. Be ready for change, often dramatic.

Dead Bee Symbolism, Meaning, & Omen

The phrase busy as a Bee didn’t come about by happenstance. Bees are hard workers, and they are among the most important pollinators on our planet. Bees represent networking, cooperation, fertility, life’s sweetness and diligent endeavors.

Finding a dead bee counsels you to think – am I working too hard? Have I over-extended myself in some way and in the process given up many of life’s little joys? If so, go smell some beautiful flowers and revel in the world of the Bee.

Beginning in the early 2000’s, the world (America especially) began seeing millions of dead Bees. By 2017 at least seven types of Bees made the endangered animals list. Since Bees are crucial to the survival of many living things, dead Bees are on the minds of millions. In Shamanic circles, it is believed there has never been a more profound warning from the animal kingdom and that the messages for humanity cannot – must not – be ignored.

Dead Pigeon Symbolism, Meaning, & Omen

While some cultures see the Pigeon as a dirty bird, many notable people used the Pigeon’s homing ability for carrying messages. Cesar was one notable example. In World War II when secrecy was highly valued some Pigeons received awards! Pigeon is a fighter when it comes to staying alive. They remain close to food and to their nest.

Coming across a dead Pigeon may mean that you are not providing for yourself or your family in some way (it can be emotional, spiritual or physical). It can also speak about your ability to “find home” and carry someone’s secrets safely, in trust.

66 thoughts on “Dead Animal Symbolism, Meaning, & Omens

  1. Travis says:

    I walked out of work tonight and there was a circle of white feathers surrounding a white clean bone. As wierd as it sounds probably a seagull considering i work by the sound. Port of Olympia. Anyways this isnt the first time. A few weeks ago i walked outside once again when I just got off and found a dead bird a small bird of some sort not sure what kind. Now I am a very open minded person. I beleive that anything is possible due to the long crazy life of what I have seen in my own life. I would love to book a reading just to see what you thought of my animal spirit because I have a feeling you would probably be either amazed or won’t be able to read me. Just a feeling thats all. Anyways one last question. What do you propose that someone would do if they had a gift of some sort but wasn’t quite sure what it was but new it was something that is very important and powerful? God Bless . Have a wonderful morning.

  2. Nikki says:

    the past week i’ve been finding assorted dead animals left and right! a duck, a young grackle (bird), a black swallowtail caterpillar, and two just hatched robbins. this all started when i recently saw my spirit animal dead (fox) (it was a baby one as well) a month or so ago and i’ve been finding more and more since. what do you think is being symbolized? i’ve recently begun a new relationship that i could see lasting a while, but what else is being said?

  3. Noel says:

    yesterday during dusk, a mourning dove flew into the big picture window right behind me, and fell to the driveway below (I’m on the 2nd floor). a pair of mourning doves ran to it, but quickly gave it space and stood about witnessing its death mournfully. its head was on backwards and it was running around in a panic. it was traumatic to witness and i am still in shock. i am going thru major life transitions, and this eclipse cycle is on my astrological natal chart axis (mid-Aquarius-Leo, my ascending & moon in aquarius). any insight would be tremendously appreciated. blessed be.

  4. Robyn Mikkonen says:

    Two day’s ago just as a big storm started I found a pure white dove in my garden looking perfectly healthy but it wouldn’t even attempt to fly when I went near him. I gave him food, water and shelter, he ate and sheltered from the storm and really seemed fine apart from the not trying to get away from me. He was still there the next day so again I fed him. This morning I went out and he looked tired and cold so I brought him in ready to see to him after I had fed my children. In the 15 mins I was busy he died, I tried to bring him back but he was already gone. This usually would not mean anything to me as these thing’s happen. This time however, I have thought twice about it as just over a week ago a Robin was in my house, flew into my lounge sat quietly on the window sill whilst I fed my baby and when I approached to let him out, again like the dove did not attempt to fly from me until the door was open. Along with all this, yesterday when I opened my curtains a huge buzzard was sat in my garden again not bothered about flying away when we opened the door although we were only a few feet away. This could all be a huge coincidence but seems quite odd.

  5. D says:

    I went out to my vehicle and next to the drivers side of the door was a dead rat. It was unnerving. As it happens,my daughter is involved with a dark spirited destructive individual who has caused us as parents a lot of emotional pain.I had ramped up praying for my daughter 3x per day to wake up and leave this creep.I was Hoping that the dead rat was a sign that his power over her mind is ending.I also wondered if he had left the rat there as a message.Hes twisted like that.

  6. Tiffany says:

    Today my boyfriend of two years broke up with me, I’m crushed and heartbroken so I asked my friend who also just broke of her relationship with her boyfriend the day before to go on a long walk with me. When we were walking dusk was almost turning to night when we saw a crow stumbling around in a puddle I ran to it picked it up inspecting his wings for damage and nothing, this crow was balding a bit and looked to be older with my best guess and barely had any energy left to hold its little head up. I walked with it a ways in my arms hoping to figure out someway to help it when it was just clear he was fading fast. I set him down in soft grass and said a prayer for him recognizing that verse in the Bible about how not one crow falls from the skies without God knowing. And petted his fethers… it was so tough on top of an already complicated day. I don’t totally know what it means or if it means anything. But I do believe God communicates with me often through animals. He knows I love them and I am very attached to nature, I’m wondering if he has given me some sort of sign today through this. It was a heart wrenching day. Please explain if anyone has some answers to this sad experience. Also I should mention this same day, I was sitting on a porch swing with my mother and as we are talking about trying to get my mind on track through this break up a cute little hummingbird flits up to us floats mid-air in front of us for a bit looking directly at us for about 15 seconds. It was a cool but rare encounter with such a beautiful bird. Maybe experiencing these two very different birds in two very different ways in the same day means something?! If anyone is wise on the topic please let me know!

  7. Karin says:

    Hi Would someone like to comment on my experience please? My fiance passed away a few months ago. The night after he passed away I was woken by a baby mouse in my underwear. My bedroom is on the fourth floor of a townhouse. I was woken by it the scuffling sound it was making. I immediately thought it was my dead fiance! When I turned on the light I saw it was a small baby mouse. Two days later I found the mouse dead in the garage next to my car. What does this mean? I am sad.

  8. J says:

    The past 2 nights I dreamt of mice. The first dream a grey mouse was feeding from my hands. Last night I dreamt that a tiny mouse was playing in a tiny playground and riding a bike. This morning as I walked my dog I came across a tiny dead grey mouse.

  9. Kelly nonel says:

    I found a dead pigeon on my path this morning,I am not sure what it means exactly,but after reading about some signs and symbols from the article above,am convinced it means alot and its a sign from the Universe that am missing something and going through a transitional period in my life..I thank God for my Life..

  10. sophie hoppe says:

    Hi dreamt of a sparrow dying in the mud, then I washed it to free it but it got cold and dyed in my hands I couln’t warm it. I recently started to speak my truth as I did a workshop to clear interferences so when I saw your sparrow article I thought: so spot on!

  11. khurshed says:

    my pet tortoise (male) who my mum had for 45 years died today.we had blood out of his mouth when we found him… the female died some years back. what is the symbolism of a pet tortoise dying?

  12. Fred says:

    I saw a dead Crow in my road today, in the open area next to where it was I had my first encounter with Crow. The day after that encounter I found a Crow feather, the very first one I ever collected. I was very upset to see a dead Crow there…tons of crows have been hanging around that spot recently. Did I miss something, am I not paying attention…not trying?

  13. Shannon stebbins says:

    Found a dead red bird on cabin porch on vacation in Tennessee! Earlier the day we went to graveyards and visited old civil was unmarked graves! Do these 2 have anything in common? Was strange to me getting back from graveyard visiting And a dead Cardinal lies on porch in front of our door way

  14. Olivia says:

    Came home today to find a tiny dead hummingbird in my parking space. I know they’re around but I barely see them so to find one dead on the concrete was quite strange. Any thoughts on meaning for a dead hummingbird?

  15. David N says:

    Today on my drive 2 town I had a hawk fly out little ways ahead of me carrying a dead squirrel. He flew directly at me till I had to slam on my breaks and he droped squirrel in road right n front of my car. Very intence

  16. Skyler says:

    So at tbe beginning of this month one of my cats brought a chipmunk into my room(alive) and i had to get it out, which i did. They dont usuall bring anything into the house,let alone my room after they get something. A couple weeks later i found a dead one not to far from the one i saved. Today i came home to 2 dead chipmunks in my room. One not far from my door, the other near where the first 2 where found but this one was really dead, like maggots dead. So other then trying to deal with that fact that i got some murderous cats on my hands, i was wondering if this might have a deeper meaning. A message or warning or something. Any input is helpful!

  17. Michelle says:

    We have had swallows living under our eaves for the last couple of months and we just found 3 of them dead on the ground. My daughter’s name is Trinity so 3 is very symbolic to me. What do you think this means?

  18. Danielle says:

    I went into my moms house for 5 mins came back out to find a dead goldfinch at my back tire what could that mean? Lots of things happening this year not sure how to take this.

  19. Barrett says:

    I’ve come in contact with three dead birds within the past few days. All different species. Is this a bad omen?

  20. Glorimar says:

    I found a dead crow inside a pail of water.

  21. Rochelle says:

    I really like this article. Is there anywhere I can find more info on dead animal symbolism?

  22. Jackie says:

    I saw a dead black and blue butterfly and I picked it up in a napkin and I brought it into my house and I searched it up and it says it’s a meaning of death so I took it back outside and now I’m scared

  23. Jaime says:

    There have been 2 dead fish on the property we are renting this summer. I am going through some huge shifts in my life, so this is confirmation that part of my subconscious beliefs – negative ones that held me back – are over. Hooray!

  24. Christopher says:

    I was coming back from work and I went to do some work in the yard when I noticed the decapitated head of a opossum. What does that mean because I was confused because it wasn’t my dogs since they can’t get to that part of the yard.

  25. Subashini Karuppiah says:

    Hi there…i had a bad smell from the backyard of my house for past 2days and i realised its a black cat dead. Is there any meaning to it. Please do reply me im so worried.
    Thank you

  26. Michelle says:

    What does it mean to find a dead very large black and blue dragon fly in your pool?

  27. Laura Curlett says:

    just found a big dead crow at my back door!!! praying that it is the end of negative cycle and beginning of new and more positive life.

  28. sara says:

    I found a dead moth twice lately one just now

  29. Teresa Ferreira says:

    I quit my job of 20 years and decided to live temporarily in Brasil
    There, I found a grayish dove dead in a sunny morning and decided to barry it.
    The following morning I found another one in the same spot , same size in the same position. I barried it as well right beside the first one. What would it mean?
    Thanks
    Teresa

  30. Vicky says:

    Every time im seeing a dead mose or a mice in reality and even in my dream what does it mean

    • HeatherNicole says:

      I’d like to know the answer to this one also..

  31. Amber says:

    How about when u watch a hawk let a dog bit them and the hawk dies?

  32. Carmen Lopez says:

    Our peruvian Guinea pig was found dead. Whst is the meaning please

  33. Nan Rodgers says:

    I just saw the spirit of a special cat who passed a few years ago. My mother in law is failing rapidly and we have hospice coming in to help keep her comfortable. Is it possible Grayboy came to give me a message concerning her?

  34. Debbie says:

    Does anyone have any thoughts about what dead foxes could symbolism? I’ve seen 2, 2 days in a row.

  35. Kelley says:

    Thank you! I can tell from your kindness and respect that we all are lead that thus is very authentic. Today I have a huge sense of greif and I don’t know why. My friend found a dead hummingbird on her patio table with no explanation. I sent her this.

  36. A SAI TEJASWI says:

    I saw a dead white cat with black stripes on my way to college can i know its symbolism

  37. Carolyn Lewis says:

    Nightmares last night.
    Found a beautiful mourning dove dead in my path in front yard also.
    Cold rainy day in Tx today. Freeze coming tonight.
    I will bury it when it warms up.

  38. Virginia says:

    I saw a dead mouse in the middle of my lounge on Monday 11 February 2019 at 06h30am
    Monday 18/02/2019 I saw a dead rat outside my house next to the gate facing the same direction as the dead mouse 06h30am
    *NB – No mouse/rat poison
    – No animal in my yard or house

    What is the meaning of this?

  39. Kalila says:

    In the past 24 hours I have seen 13 dead animals on my way to work (it is a very short route, maybe 5 miles). 1 deer, 2 possums, 2 raccoons, and 8 rabbits. This has made me very wary. I’m worried that due to the high count perhaps something dangerous lies ahead.

  40. Jc says:

    How about a dead mouse on a loved ones grave

  41. Dre says:

    I saw a dead baby Osprey out near the barn door. I thought it was a baby goose, but it was too big and it was gray. so I used google and confirmwd it was an ospray. So sad. Two weeks ago there was a chickadee by the pool. And I also saw a dancing quail the following week. Birds birds birds I see lots of birds birds birds

  42. Xian says:

    What about a dead bear, on the side of a highway?

    • Mike says:

      I woke up to find a young foxes head, separated from the body and facing my front door one early morning as I was walking out my front door for work. Going through a spiritual awakening over past few months/years. Still figuring it all out.

  43. Em says:

    I woke up to find a small dead bat in my flat.
    It was in my children’s room, they are away on holidays at the moment. I like bats, I think they are amazing, so my reaction wasn’t negative. I do have a cat though, so I don’t know if she was involved in it’s death, or if it hit the window that was ajar, and fell.
    Can anyone enlighten me on to what message I am being sent.
    Many thanks

  44. Sharon Halsey says:

    I’ve found 2 small or baby frog skeletons with still in skin. What does this mean

  45. Susie says:

    I found a baby lined snake this morning dead near my car. I am fond of snakes. It appeared to have been injured, perhaps by a bird. It had a wound to the head and one to the side. Any thoughts on what this could mean?

  46. Katherine M Crawford says:

    Today, after getting something to eat, we had a American Gold Fench under our truck with it’s eyes eaten out. I need to know what this means. Nothing in my books says anything about them. I am going through a really hard time in my relationship. Please help me.

  47. Anonymous says:

    Passed-on cats are the ones I keep seeing for some reasonn while being pretty much clueless about the meaning and grieving for having lost my own master cat. Aside from the possible message, I feel completely useless and stupid not to have been able to save the lives of those cats … .

  48. Pk says:

    I was driving on the freeway and didn’t see a dead dog until the last minute when the car in front of me swerved out of the way it missed and I couldn’t in time. Is that a sign of a bad omen??

  49. Chantal says:

    Hi there, what about a dead bearded dragon (lizard) please? Thank you.

  50. Tory says:

    Hi there, is there an omens section about finding injured animals? Last week rescued gull with broken wing. Now this week wounded pigeon! In gratitude, thank you!

  51. Rian says:

    I was brought here today whilst trying to figure out why I found three dead birds this week. Earliest account just several days ago I find a barreled owl on the side of the road. I pulled over, picked it up and stroked its wings, patted its back but it was for sure dead so I placed it in the forest where it was from. A few days later I drive past a dead hawk and it was very large but I couldn’t pull over. I get to a gas station and a small barn own is dead near my car on the grass. I brought the small owl to the forest and buried it under some leaves to return it to nature. I didn’t take any feathers from these or feel any sort of bad feelings at all.

    I have often had an unusual experience with spiritual things and I had to come looking.

    A lot of “dreams of dead owls” are referenced as bad omens, but I wasn’t dreaming and didn’t feel bad or worried.

    Probably means nothing.

    • exisitine says:

      i think its really beautiful that you pick up these animals you see and carry them to the forest.

  52. Scarlet says:

    I came across a dead hedgehog on the side of the road months ago, since then a lot has happened in my life and I can’t stop thinking about it. I would like to know what the meaning of a dead hedgehog is and what it could symbolise.

  53. Nini McVey says:

    Tonight we found a little canary lying dead on the slate roof outside a bedroom window.

  54. Mike Raymond says:

    What does it mean when u see black outlined white batwings flying thru your house ,then u see orbs right away dancing up

  55. Claire says:

    Hey,
    I’ve come across a lot of dead animals these past week and don’t understand the meaning. I’ve seen a bunny running to me falling to the ground and die under my eyes( I was unable to do anything), then 3 different birds at different times on different days, a dead kangaroo and 3 guinea pigs born dead.
    The last ones where these last days. Can you help me understand ?

  56. Kaylee Savannah says:

    My dad came across a dead fish in our front yard. He said that a bird from the pond behind our house must have accidentally dropped it. I think that everything is for a reason.. My dad comes across a lot of things beyond this realm; he attracts spirits too.. So it’s no surprise that it was him who came across this dead fish out of my family.

  57. Liz says:

    I have also come across a lot of dead birds lately that’s so upsetting as they are usually
    alive and chatty messengers
    I believe they come from Spirit and Shamanism can help us understand the birds and animals power for healing us

  58. Michael says:

    What does it mean when someone leaves a freshly killed cat skinned alive with a balloon on a stick shoved through the anus until the stick poked through the intestine. The balloon said Happy Valentine’s Day. We are all in shock. Wondering what this could mean.

  59. Emma O'Farrell says:

    My mother just passed 3 days ago and is coming home back to her home for the wake today – I went for my morning walk and came across a dead bat on the ground – I always said that when my mum passed she would carry very old disturbed energy that was attached to the place of our home – would love to hear peoples perception of what the bat represents for me

    • Aimee Pitman says:

      Arooo, Emma O’Farrell!

      Welcome to the #WildPack! Here’s the link to my article about Bat Symbolism & Meaning.

      https://whatismyspiritanimal.com/spirit-totem-power-animal-meanings/mammals/bat-symbolism-meaning/

      Also, you can register for free on my private forums GatheringOfMystics.com to get more in-depth help analyzing your experiences. GatheringOfMsytics.com is a safe, moderated forum where we discuss all kinds of metaphysical, spiritual and divination subjects! Everyone is super friendly, caring, and giving! You’ll love it!

      Stay wild,
      Bernadette

  60. Abi says:

    I saw three dead skunks today while driving, all within a couple minutes of each other. Two were adults and one was a baby. Could this mean something?

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