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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.


This Blog cheerfully brought to you after MANY Minutes of Tireless Internet Research!
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LJR4HEALTH 2/3/2013 2:00PM

    emoticon Love It! thanks for posting

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_LINDA 2/3/2013 12:55AM

    Thanks for the info and photos -some new to me stuff there!
Got to love the turtle photo!

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KATIBUG49 2/2/2013 11:19PM

    Cute, thanks for the laugh!

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LEPETITCHIHUA 2/2/2013 8:43PM

    emoticon a good laugh is always welcome

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ANDI571 2/2/2013 8:01PM

    Now I know why my husband always calls them Whistle Pigs.

My husbands version:

How much could a wood chuck chuck
If a wood chuck could chuck wood.
He would chuck all the wood that a wood chuck could,
If his dentures were any good. emoticon

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WHANUSCHAK 2/2/2013 7:46PM

    emoticon Cute!!

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CATLADY52 2/2/2013 12:19PM

    Did Sparky help you in your search? emoticon

Happy Ground Hog Day!

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TURTLETALK 2/2/2013 9:08AM

    I love your laptop turtle pic!

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JILLIEWILLIE1 2/2/2013 8:40AM

    emoticon Love it!

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LAC936 2/2/2013 8:34AM

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DEBRITA01 2/2/2013 8:01AM

    Love the photo of the"internet researcher"...sooo cute. Punxsutawney Phil didn't see his shadow, so hooray for an early spring! emoticon emoticon

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CAT609 2/2/2013 7:47AM

    Awesome!

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LEANJEAN6 2/2/2013 7:13AM

    LOVE it!!!!--LOL------Lordy! Will he see his shadow?-Lynda emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 2/2/2013 7:09AM

    So... we could be Groundhogs Over 50... naaaaw, we still love being Turtles! emoticon emoticon

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