A few days after the mother was taken away one little baby emerged looking for mum. The next day another one emerged. There are usually at least 4 in a litter which means that 2 probably didn't make it, but these two little darlings are super healthy and are growing with leaps and bounds!
Groundhogs are also called Woodchucks & Whistle Pigs. They do NOT chuck wood, but they DO whistle, especially when they know it is feeding time or they are playing. They eat a LOT as they have a lot of growing to d before the cold weather and hibernation. They also often use their blanket as a pacifier as seen in the below upper right photo. ADORABLE!
One of the neighbours informed me & Kieley that if I let the little groundhog sisters go in the Wild Things woods she would trap them and kill them. We were speechless!! So I will be finding a good place to let them go. I prefer doing "soft releases"- when you let animals go near you so they can come back if there is any trouble, but hopefully I will find a place where they can thrive and perhaps where someone can keep an eye on them.
I love this picture of Danny nursing- they have such cute tails! Their names are Danny & Daisy (all those who watched any Sidney Sheldon made for TV movies in the 80s will understand!).