Here at the Inn On Golden Pond we recently witnessed the birth of quadruplets causing quite a stir for our guests! Imagine four adorable little ones all at once – that would be 4 baby groundhogs, of course.
For many years we have had a resident groundhog (also known as a woodchuck) which has lived under our back shed. Each April he/she appears after a long winter’s hibernation and starts feeding on our grassy backyard. We never know if it’s the same groundhog or whether it’s male or female. Unless little ones appear. This year we obviously have a female in residence.
Naturally we were curious to learn a little more about our tenant. Groundhogs generally live 2-3 years, but can live up to 6 years in the wild. They eat grass (which we have plenty of) and agricultural crops (which we have none of.) They themselves make good meals for wolves, coyotes, foxes, bobcats and hawks. Some of those predators can be found locally so our family of groundhogs stays on the alert while grazing, dashing quickly to their hole at the slightest hint of danger.
They can have quite a network of tunnels underground with as many as 4 or 5 entrances scattered about for escape.
The four newcomers will be here for about a month and then they will scatter establishing their own territories elsewhere. So we’ll enjoy their frolicking while we can. The paparazzi they’ve attracted is amazing. We never knew so many of our Inn guests had such elaborate cameras with such long lenses!
Thank goodness we don’t have to provide rooms for the new arrivals which means there’s still space available if you’d like to join the paparazzi and spend a couple of days in one of our comfortable guest rooms. Better come soon or they’ll be gone!