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What animal is this?

Postby Paco » Tue Apr 17, 2007 6:52 pm

I see them all over, almost run them over and I want to know what I should yell at them when I almost hit them??

They've got longer tails, get fat and look funny when they run, and live in holes...

Anyone??

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Postby Michael Patrick » Tue Apr 17, 2007 7:19 pm

It's Punxatawny Phil, aka groundhog aka woodchuck...
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Postby Ed Breakfast » Tue Apr 17, 2007 7:27 pm

aka whistlepig
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Re: What animal is this?

Postby Henry Vilas » Tue Apr 17, 2007 7:39 pm

Paco wrote:They've got longer tails, get fat and look funny when they run, and live in holes...

Hardcore Libertarians.

Or maybe Karl Rove and kin.
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Postby Darthcrank » Tue Apr 17, 2007 7:46 pm

gotta be a groundhog. They love sunny spring days and are still a little lethargic this time of year.

I'd rather see them than the bear-sized raccoons that crawl from the sewer grates in my neighborhood....
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Postby Marvell » Tue Apr 17, 2007 11:17 pm

There are some fucking enormous woodchucks living in that field along 113 right before the turn-off for the airport. I see them every once in a while when I'm driving or biking past.

They are fucking huge. I don't know if it's something in the soil out there or what, but I've never seen such a gigantic groundhog.

Maybe they were crossbred with capybaras in some kind of mad experiment. All I know is, if these woodchucks would chuck wood I wouldn't try to stop them.
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Postby Dust Mite Rodeo » Tue Apr 17, 2007 11:57 pm

My guess is its one o' them gophers. Being as woodchucks/groundhogs generally have less tail action eminating from the posterior region area there.

Could those Minnesotans have picked a less intimidating mascot? A badger at least could give you a nasty scratch.
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Postby Bwis53 » Wed Apr 18, 2007 7:49 am

Do woodchucks swim? I've seen small animals about that size, shoreline, near the Sardine. I don't think they're beavers, or muskrats. They just quietly glide along the shore and seem to have little homes, in burrows along the slope.
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Postby barney » Wed Apr 18, 2007 8:23 am

Bwis53 wrote:Do woodchucks swim? I've seen small animals about that size, shoreline, near the Sardine. I don't think they're beavers, or muskrats. They just quietly glide along the shore and seem to have little homes, in burrows along the slope.


Nope, they be muskrats. (Although, I believe Paco's got a woodchuck.)
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Postby Vog » Wed Apr 18, 2007 8:46 am

In some countries these are dinner.
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Postby Paco » Wed Apr 18, 2007 8:51 am

In some States these are dinner. Little ketchup, mmm....
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Postby BobArctor » Wed Apr 18, 2007 11:45 am

They're kind of greasy and shouldn't be harvested during the warm months.

WOODCHUCK (GROUNDHOG) STEW

1 woodchuck
2 onions, sliced
1/2 cup celery, sliced
Flour
Vinegar and water
Salt and pepper
Cloves

Clean woodchuck; remove glands; cut into serving pieces. Soak overnight in a solution of equal parts of water and vinegar with addition of one sliced onion and a little salt. Drain, wash, and wipe. Parboil 20 minutes, drain, and cover with fresh boiling water. Add one sliced onion, celery, a few cloves, and salt and pepper to taste. Cook until tender; thicken gravy with flour.
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Postby Michael Patrick » Wed Apr 18, 2007 11:50 am

Darthcrank wrote:gotta be a groundhog. They love sunny spring days and are still a little lethargic this time of year.

I'd rather see them than the bear-sized raccoons that crawl from the sewer grates in my neighborhood....


I'll hit one of them little groundhog bastards with my car whenever I'm given a chance. Those fat little fucks have done a lot of damage to my garden over the years. They can mow down a row of beans or peppers faster than a jet-propelled rototiller...
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Postby Prof. Wagstaff » Wed Apr 18, 2007 2:07 pm

Bwis53 wrote:Do woodchucks swim?
By choice? I dunno, but I'll bet they can, 'cuz if there's a mammal that can't, I'm unaware of it.

Sidenote: if you ever get the chance to give a hedgehog a bath, don't pass it up. It's adorable! (Although I'm not sure the little guys like it ...)
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Postby Henry Vilas » Wed Apr 18, 2007 6:58 pm

Prof. Wagstaff wrote:
Bwis53 wrote:Do woodchucks swim?
By choice? I dunno, but I'll bet they can, 'cuz if there's a mammal that can't, I'm unaware of it.

While young hippos are buoyant, adults of the species are not, so technically, they cannot swim. Link.
Adult hippos are not generally buoyant. When in deep water, they usually propel themselves by leaps, pushing off from the bottom.

I first heard of this on a TV nature show earlier this week.
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