Friday, December 14, 2007

Hard Times for the Groundhog

Our local marmot seems to hole up in the banks of a closeby creek. The site has tall vegetation for hiding, good access to chestnuts and cool shade for hot days. The big drawback, of course, is that once every so often (twice since we've lived here), the creek entirely fills it's banks. When it happened in April, we just assumed the marmot scurried to higher ground (Although, as our entire neightborhood is in the floodplain of the river through town, I'm not exactly sure how high the marmot could make it without crossing the highway.) When the floodwaters were rising yesterday, however, I was worried about our groundhog because he should have been hibernating. I suppose we'll just have to wait until March to see how he's fared.

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