Happy Groundhog Day, Spark Friends!!!
Saturday, February 02, 2013
"Ground Hogs" 'Wood Chucks' and "Whistle Pigs" are all actually the Same Critter. The name "Whistle Pigs" comes from the fact that they Whistle when alarmed ~ Or, when they are looking to Catch a Lady!!
The term "Woodchuck" has Nothing to do with Chucking Wood, but stems from the Algonquin name of the Animal "Wuchak". Their diet includes mostly Plants, Fruits, and Tree Bark.
Calling this guy a "GroundHog" is a lot more straight forward than "Woodchuck". The furry rodent spends the Summer gorging themselves, get pretty Plump (almost 'hog-like you could say), and then spends the rest of the year hibernating underground. According to the University of Michigan's Museum of Zoology, Groundhogs live about 4 - 6 years in the wild, and up to 10 years in Captivity. However, Punxsutawney Phil supposedly drinks a 'Magical Elixir' at the Groundhog Day Picnic which many people insist has kept him alive for more than 126 years!!
The Cornell Chronicle reports that American Indians once used the skins of Ground Hogs to make Moccasin Soles.
Woodchucks hold a Very Special Place in the hearts of Scientists at the Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine. For over 15 years, Medical Breakthroughs in Liver Disease Prevention have been made through studying Groundhogs.
They may look Slow & Pudgy, but you would be amazed to see how FAST they can shimmy up a tree or paddle across a lake.
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