Sunday, June 14, 2009

How much wood does a woodchuck chuck?

This is the little cutie that has taken up
residence under our home.
If she stays much longer will name her.
(assuming it's a her)


Amber Schmidt said...

That is truly hilarious! I have a beaver in the field next to our home that I absolutely adore! He had crossed the road ( a BUSY one) the other day and I was so worried!!! Too funny!

I think she looks like a Delilah!

Stephanie said...

How funny! I'm not sure what Groundhogs eat, but I think it will make a real mess of the ground. They create tunnels and channels to live in and I worry about the foundation of your house. You might want to lure him/her away and encourage him (why do I think they all look like boys) to live elsewhere...even though s/he is super cute!

Stephanie said...

OK, I wasn't too far off base about it hurting your foundation - here's what Wikipedia says:

Groundhogs are excellent burrowers, using burrows for sleeping, rearing young, and hibernating. The average groundhog has been estimated to move approximately 1 m³ (35 cubic feet), or 320 kg (700 pounds), of dirt when digging a burrow. Though groundhogs are the most solitary of the marmots, several individuals may occupy the same burrow. Groundhog burrows usually have two to five entrances, providing groundhogs their primary means of escape from predators. Burrows are particularly large, with up to 45 feet of tunnels buried up to 5 feet underground, and can pose a serious threat to agricultural and residential development by damaging farm machinery and even undermining building foundations.