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These are actually marmots. Marmots are a cousin of the groundhog, the oddest weather prognosticator known to man. Their habits are similar.
These guys wake up and head out in the late spring to eat.
They eat and eat and eat and eat. (Marmots themselves are not known to predict the weather--they just eat.) When they have finished eating, well, they eat some more.
something to eat.
Early in the summer these critters are sleek and svelt. That's before all that eating.
By the time the snow begins to fly, they are chubby little critters, haveing eaten theri way through the entire summer. And just like we do after the Thanksgiving turkey, they are ready for a nap.
A nap that lasts till the following spring.
The groundhog follows a similar ritual, emerging February 2--probably to see if there is anything to eat. The weather thing is jsut extra.