May 10 2012
I walked home through Schenley Park on Tuesday hoping to see a lot of birds after the rain. As usual the birds were not very active in the evening but I found something so cute it made me laugh: two baby woodchucks!
I call them woodchucks because the word “groundhog” doesn’t fit something so cute. They were compact and furry, the size of large guinea pigs and very naive.
At first they were oblivious to my presence but when I paused to watch they froze. I moved again and they retreated into their den but they were so anxious to come out and play that they didn’t wait long enough for me to leave. I took their picture with my cellphone when they came out again.
Extremely cute! But they’ll have to learn to avoid predators or they’ll become breakfast for the red-tail babies.
(photo by Kate St. John)
p.s. I went back on Wednesday with a nicer camera but the woodchucks didn’t make an appearance.