“To see nature for all its natural beauty, you must become one with it. Only through this process will you be able to take careful observations of the truly captivating life of the woodchuck.”
– Joe Thornton, Expert on woodchucks
“I’m terribly interested in the woodchucks; in researching the etymology of how the label woodchuck became widely used, I discovered the probable connection stems from a Narragansett word (an Algonquian tribe), wuchak.”
– Joe Pavelski, Expert on woodchucks
“I like Marmots.”
– Dustin Brown, Amateur on woodchucks
Being the largest rodent on Nazareth’s campus, the woodchuck is a pretty cool animal. In my professional opinion, there’s roughly a five percent chance of seeing a groundhog on Nazareth’s grounds every day. The land beaver sometimes climbs trees when in danger! I had no idea until Wikipedia told me, I assumed they simply made a b-line to their tunnels. The whistle pig also has a funny habit of standing on its hind legs and staring at you as if to say he disapproves of you staring back: “Please stop staring at me, I’d really appreciate it” said the ground squirrel. Though nature’s pacifist won’t do anything but run if you decide to take a quick step in its direction. My only warning to you is to be cautious around the varmint’s burrows, one wrong step and you could be flat on your face with a twisted ankle. Please be careful.
I suppose I don’t have an awesome story of seeing a pasture pig here on campus so I’m truly in sorrow. Though I saw a baby one last year while I was sitting outside on a warm summer day eating a tray of three hotdogs with mustard, ketchup, and a dill pickle spear placed on top. The little guy was about ten feet from a baby bunny (bunny blog hopefully coming soon), I just about cried tears of manliness when I saw the two tiny animals fumbling around near each other.
Coming soon to Nazareth’s Wild Kingdom: Rambunctious Rabbits & Bumbling Bunnies