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The groundhog has turned. The sweet, sociable Edwards Gardens' groundhog of old has become downright confrontational. I'll admit that I may have been partly to blame. I chose to bring a bagel with peanut butter for lunch. The smell of peanut butter alone might have been enough to entice the groundhog. I had been feeding some crackers to a black squirrel and hoped the groundhog would be satisfied with crackers too. It wasn't. My pitiful shrieks and frantic shooing motions wouldn't deter the groundhog either. It almost jumped up on the bench while I was sitting there. As I quickly packed away my lunch, it circled the bench and actually nudged my foot with its snout. It was at this point that I leapt up from the bench and beat a hasty retreat. The groundhog was trying to climb up the back of the bench as I fled to a new spot.

I think I was sitting on the same bench last year when I almost ended up with a squirrel in my lap, so I suppose it could be the location. However, I suspect that people like me are to blame. If you're going to feed animals, you shouldn't be surprised when those same animals begin to associate people with food and become increasingly aggressive and brazen, especially if peanut butter is involved. I know the groundhog was only interested in my bagel, but it still freaked me out. I enjoy seeing wildlife up close, but not that close. *g*

Date: 2017-06-03 01:56 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] crimsoncorundum
crimsoncorundum: (Default)
LOL. I had no idea groundhogs could be so aggressive. And you have rabies in Canada, don't you? I can understand that you were concerned about getting too close to the wildlife.

Date: 2017-06-03 08:30 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] crimsoncorundum
crimsoncorundum: (Default)
That must be scary.
Another thing - I'm still looking forward to reading your RoS fic, but between taking care of the twins and trying to get a little work done, not to mention dealing with headaches, I haven't had time for it yet. Hopefully I'll get to it soon. :)

Date: 2017-06-03 09:45 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] crimsoncorundum
crimsoncorundum: (Default)
I'm looking forward to that too. :)

Date: 2017-06-03 08:00 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] grondfic
grondfic: (FuchsParadise)
Heh! I love that groundhog with the devil-horns.

How big are they, relative to - say - a squirrel? If they're like marmots, they're big enough to be scary if being aggressive I should think.

Date: 2017-06-05 07:56 am (UTC)From: [personal profile] grondfic
grondfic: (FuchsParadise)
Heh! They're kinda cute in a galumphy way. I laughed when he did a 'don't-bother-me-I'm-eating' when the guy tried to pet him.

Thanks for the link. It did give me a sense of perspective on groundhogs.
Edited Date: 2017-06-05 07:56 am (UTC)

Date: 2017-06-05 09:34 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] grondfic
grondfic: (FuchsParadise)
Thanks -I'll take a browse.


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