Groundhog Day

Far, far away, in Pennsylvania, Punxsutawney Phil came out of his burrow this morning and saw his shadow.

Which means, winter is going to last for six more weeks. At least in Pennsylvania.

But here, in Washington, we don’t have Groundhogs, Marmota monax. We have their close relatives Hoary Marmots, Marmota caligata. And they are sound asleep in their burrows under snow. They’re not going to predict anything, just wake up when it’s warm enough.

What are we to do? Well, we can celebrate Marmot Day and wish them Happy Hibernation :)

I already wrote about Hoary Marmots in King of the Mountain.
But I have some photos of young marmots left :)

A pity, there’s no name for a baby marmot in English. Like, marmolet or marmotty :)

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