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  • I live in a rural/suburb… Not quite rural country… but out enough that it is common to see all types of critters in my backyard.
    On my way home from work each day I pass by a VFW Hall with a ball diamond on the property. The road runs parallel with a creek. On the edge of that creek just far enough away from the ball field to be safe is a family of groundhogs (also known as woodchucks or marmots). I look forward to that sighting every day and feel a bit sad if I don’t see them. They are always eagerly munching on grass, grubs, or insects. Sometimes they are sitting on their haunches and looking around… I find them fascinating… and yes, cute. People I have talked to complain that they are very destructive animals… but this family does no harm to anyone. They just eat and live their quiet life along the creek…a life I have come to enjoy watching. This past spring I watched as a small litter emerged with momma. She was out teaching her “kits” the ways of a groundhog life.
    About a month ago, a carnival came into town and set up their rides right on the ball field. They had their campers and trucks parked along the edge right by the creek. My first thought was… Oh, no… what about the groundhog family? I was actually upset that they had invaded their home! I am sure this has probably happened before and the groundhog family just made themselves scarce and stayed underground the whole time the carnival was there. Fortunately, it was only there for a few days and shortly after they left… out popped the heads of the groundhogs…Once again putting a smile on my face.

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