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Monday, April 12, 2010



Retrieverman said...


Marmota monax.

The weatherman.

The groundhog.

The woodchuck.

I don't think it's a joke.

People literally don't know what these are.

Once my sister saw one from the side of the road and shouted "Look at the beaver!"

Toirtis said...

Really does look like a pine marten...which do range into Northern Michigan (the Tim Hortons cup in the video would also support the locale, as there are two Tim Hortons locations in Nothern Michigan).

Toirtis said...

A marmot fits, too...and apparently their range also fits the given locale.

Retrieverman said...

A groundhog or woodchuck is a marmot.

It's the most common species of marmot in North America.

And that's what it is.

I've seen hundreds (or maybe thousands) of them!

Retrieverman said...

If it's in Michigan, then there is NO QUESTION about what it is.

Marmota monax.

Dr Dan Holdsworth said...

Probably a marmot, but I'm not actually sure that this is a live one. Squirrels and the like do freeze to avoid predators, but this one seems to have frozen when the boy was a bit too far away to induce the behaviour, and held its nerve for far, far too long. Most wildlife would stay still for long enough to be certain that the kid had spotted it, then it'd be off, either up the tree or down and away.

That one seemed to remain motionless for far, far too long. I'm also rather struck by the abysmal photography; there's way more camera shake going on than could be accounted for by even the world's most inept cameraman.

No, that marmot is dead and stuffed, and the camera shake is there to keep us from spotting that fact. If I could but work out a way of eliminating the camera shake, I'd try that and see what the film looked like when steadied.