Having seen a lot of rockchucks around here, I figured someday I’d see a cousin of our local marmot, the woodchuck. Also known as a groundhog, or Marmota monax, I was surprised when, while sitting in my mother’s living room in Braidwood, Illinois, a large, gray, lumbering critter came waddling out of a wooded area and started munching on some weeds.
I asked, “Is that a woodchuck?” After a quick look, mom said, “It’s the local groundhog. He comes out now and then to eat.”
So I picked up my camera and snapped off a few shots. I guess my movement scared him, as he quickly darted back into cover and disappeared.
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