Winter or spring, facts shadow the elusive groundhog

Two young yellow-bellied marmots sit atop a boulder, as if looking for the arrival of spring. These highly social members of the ground squirrel family may live up to 15 years in the wild. Alaska celebrates Feb. 2 as Marmot Day. Marmots are 99 percent vegetarian and those in Capitol Reef National Park in Utah are known to fruit falling from trees in old Mormon orchards.



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Two young yellow-bellied marmots sit atop a boulder, as if looking for the arrival of spring. These highly social members of the ground squirrel family may live up to 15 years in the wild. Alaska celebrates Feb. 2 as Marmot Day. Marmots are 99 percent vegetarian and those in Capitol Reef National Park in Utah are known to fruit falling from trees in old Mormon orchards.

There aren’t many furry, roly-poly creatures with a special day, excepting that famous red-and-white roly-poly, one Mr. S. Claus. But today is the other day of the year most of us pay…




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