MANY PICTURES SOON!
How much wood could a
woodchuck 'chuck' if a woodchuck could chuck wood? Actually
none, woodchucks don't eat wood, maybe try a beaver
The woodchuck, or
'groundhog' is one of the most frequently seen animals, many times
raised up on the side of busy roads.
This rodent eats grasses,
berries and other plant material with a fondness for clover. They
hibernate deep within their extensive tunnel system, and can weigh from
5 to 10 pounds. Stories have it that they will actually cause a
small dog entering down into the tunnels to become 'buried; or trapped
in by doubling back on them through an alternate route and closing up
the original route.
The author also had one of these
critters as a pet which was raised from approximately 2 weeks old,
(named Eclipse!) and kept till it was a couple years old. It
was inquisitive, but nothing like the authors former pet raccoon when it
came to getting 'into' things, although it would occasionally try and
'chew' its way through a door!
The author recalls working
late into the morning on a computer network in a building the size of a
very large grocery store, of which the groundhog would follow wherever
one went. But upon completing work on the last computer (just as
it was becoming dawn and the early arriving employees would soon be
arriving) noticed that the groundhog had wandered off SOMEWHERE in the
building, I PANICKED and I envisioned how one of the female employees
might feel something
brush against their leg and looking down and seeing what she might
mistake as a GIANT RAT trying to crawl up on her lap, at which point she
would probably pass out, hit her head on a file cabinet, the next thing
I would realize is me being arrested for involuntary manslaughter or
similar charge...but finally found 'Eclipse'
snuggled up in a corner under a desk enjoying a peaceful nap. But all ended up well as the
groundhog followed the network engineer down to the basement where they
NOTE: Wild groundhogs are
just that, wild animals, and could surely render a vicious bite it
cornered. Enjoy them from a distance.