Sunday, May 2, 2010

A Woodchuck's Near-Miss

Previously I posted how a woodchuck (aka, groundhog) had been killed in our backyard right near his home.  I thought it must have been done a fox, then I thought maybe it was an owl.  Yesterday another woodchuck came to visit, and he had a bare spot on his back where the hair had been pulled out.  Maybe whatever killed the other woodchuck hurt this one?


Isn't he just so cute?  So fat! And he gets fat from eating clover and grass!  It's always amazed me how vegetarians like the woodchuck can get fat!  And this little man just recently came out of his underground home after hibernating all winter.  He was even fatter last autumn when the hibernation was ready to begin.


He has a flower petal in his hair.  Many trees are flowering now, and little white petals are everywhere.


Yum, clover!  Notice how the left side isn't as fluffy as the rest of him in the above picture.


He was running in the above pic, so it was a little fuzzy.  You can clearly see the bald spot.


At least this woodchuck survived whatever is out there attacking them.

10 comments:

Knatolee said...

He seems to be doing okay, despite his boo boo. MY dogs unfortunately will occasionally bag a groundhog, which is too bad because I really like them! But there is one living next to our laneway that seems to have the dogs figured out.

Leigh said...

Big dog?

Gail said...

They also love the garden plants so beware.

Dog Trot Farm said...

Might Muffin the attack rooster have been out visiting?

Razzberry Corner said...

Knatolee - Yes, he's doing fine, despite his bald spot! I guess I'll have to give him a name now that I can tell him apart from the other woodchucks...

Leigh - There are no dogs around here. That's one thing we don't have to worry about, loose dogs. So it makes me wonder.

Gail - Last year the woodchucks didn't bother my garden, but maybe I was lucky! This year the garden is available to them, I hope it'll be ok!

Julie - Lol, no, that wasn't from the Muffinator! :) Good guess, though! Muff has been much better around me since I have become more agressive, it's amazing. I even think Muff is starting to loose his status as the head rooster now. Roosters are so complicated...

~Lynn

CeeCee said...

They're so interesting.
You know 'little fat one' is Gordito in spanish. Maybe a name for him?

Wife of a Fab Redneck said...

Poor fella! I don't see many of these guys, but there was one that I saw every day I drove into work. Unfortunately he sat too close to the road and was killed. It was sad- I had named him!

AJ-OAKS said...

Your woodchucks are so cute. So fat and fluffy. Thank goodness he only lost some hair. Hope he doesn't get attacked again.
Oh, how is the Muffin rooster and you doing these days?

Robin said...

HA, I LOVE your woodchuck.

Razzberry Corner said...

CeeCee - love the name Gordito, I told my husband that was the woodchuck's name, he just looked at me oddly. I see Gordito all the time in the backyard, he's a busy woodchuck.

W of a FR - I see woodchucks standing besides roads all the time, especially beside major roads, I don't know why. I'm always concerned. But such is life.

Cindy - Muffin & I are fine now that I'm being more aggressive. It's interesting to see how roosters mature and grow, gain status and loose status with other roosters. Muff was the kingpin, now that's all changing since I showed I'm boss. Now Leggy is getting stronger standing up to Muff, but Brownie is become the lead roo. Brownie even bit my husband, but hasn't attacked me. So things are changing with the roos. The hens are so easy; their pecking order doesn't seem to change ever.

Robin - Thanks! Last year we had 4 boy woodchucks hanging out in our backyard. Right now I only see one, but the others may move back. A farm isn't complete without a woodchuck! If you want I can box one up & fedex him to you for your farm! :D

~Lynn