EVENT DATE: Feb 02, 2014
I was born on Groundhog Day. I became inordinately fond of rodents as a direct result. (Not really. My dog used to drag home groundhogs probably killed by the neighbouring farmer and the carcasses would putrify and dry up in the front yard - what can I say, dogs love rolling around in smelly wild animal things.)
So despite finding out how gross animals can be (don't get me started on humans), I just. cannot. get. enough. cute. animal. pictures. Even fugly ones are cute in my book. Just like some people and their babies.
And these guys are most certainly cute. They are marmots. That means they're fancy mountain groundhogs. They sit on rocks and look fat and sassy and wise. They look like someone you'd ask advice from. They look like they'd be your best bud.
I had a nice hike in the company of a marmot in BC once. And these ARE BC marmots. In fact, they're Vancouver Island Marmots. They're endangered. Habitat became a problem. Predators too.
Luckily a bunch of do-gooders with cushy jobs (Fat, sassy groundhog babies! My friends, behold a cushy job) are out there breeding, and feeding, and releasing, and spying on these little mofos. If we have a few more good years, their population might rebound! They had 26 litters in the wild last year, maybe 75-80 puppies, and another 22 babies were born in the zoos, getting ready to be sprung on an needy world, I mean, ecosystem. There are dens and caverns just begging to be re-occupied.
All that to say, all I want for my birthday is to become a marmot shepherd. But I hear it's a pretty exclusive job, so I want to make sure that job is around by the time I am eligible to do it. That's why I want groundhog money for my birthday.
The money is going to Marmots.org. I want us to sponser as many of these mommas and papas as we can ($120 for each marmot adoption). If you don't want to chip in on here, I am certainly happy to set up a tip jar just for you. You'll have to meet me for it around the time of my birthday. BTW I live in Montreal, not BC. It might be easier just to chip in here.