Just a little family project we plan to work on over the years. Our first specimen:
The groundhog (Marmota monax), also known as a woodchuck, whistle-pig, or land-beaver in some areas, is a rodent of the family Sciuridae, belonging to the group of large ground squirrels known as marmots. Other marmots, such as the yellow-bellied and hoary marmots, live in rocky and mountainous areas, but the woodchuck is a lowland creature. It is widely distributed in North America and common in the northeastern and central United States as well as Canada. Groundhogs are found as far north as Alaska, with their habitat extending southeast to Georgia.
The groundhog seemed to died peacefully and in one piece. His little arms were tucked up safely folded on his chest. Kacen was rather afraid of this specimen; however, Andie loved the little guy. She kept telling him “hi” and inching nearer and nearer seemingly ready to stroke him, which is something we discourage in our expeditions.