DogDaz Zoo: Happy Whistlepig Day 2016

02 Feb

Late Breaking News:  Punxsutawney Phil did NOT see his shadow at Gobbler’s Knob today, Feb. 2, 2016, Groundhog Day, and so Spring is just around the corner. ground hop pix

Picture Source: Google images

Funny weather predicting creatures.  I like them. I used to have one that lived in the woods behind my previous house.  He liked to stand on top of the hill and watch the world go by.  They have some interesting names: Land Beaver, Whistlepig, Woodchuck, Wood-shock, Groundpig, Whistler, Thickwood Badger, Canada Marmot, Monax, Moonack, Weenusk, and the Red Monk. The name “Thickwood Badger” was given in the Northwest to distinguish the animal from the Prairie Badger. Monax was an Native American name of the woodchuck, which meant “the digger.” Babies are called “Chucklings” (I love that!).  These are a North American critter and I don’t believe you see them else where in the world.

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Have you ever met a groundhog? What do you call them? Will there be 6 more weeks of winter in your neck of the woods? – DogDaz


Just another DogDaz morning at the Zoo ❤


Posted by on February 2, 2016 in Animals


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10 responses to “DogDaz Zoo: Happy Whistlepig Day 2016

  1. easyweimaraner

    February 2, 2016 at 02:51

    I hope this guy and the chucklings bring good news what let us chuckle :o)

    • dogdaz

      February 2, 2016 at 07:06

      Hahaha. No more winter would be good news.

  2. angelswhisper2011

    February 2, 2016 at 03:38

    They are adorable. We only have seen them on pictures, because we don’t have them in our Country. We call them Bosmarmot 🙂 Pawkisses for a Happy Whislepig Day 🙂 ❤

    • dogdaz

      February 2, 2016 at 07:07

      Do you have a similar critter in the woods ?

      • angelswhisper2011

        February 3, 2016 at 03:38

        We have cat….weasels and polecats in the South of Limburg. Granny was surprised, because where we lived before, we only found birds 😀

        • dogdaz

          February 3, 2016 at 07:00

          I need to investigate polecats, I have not seen one before.

  3. Genevieve Petrillo

    February 2, 2016 at 06:06

    I have never met a real one, thank God, but I have a toy one. I’ll take him out today to see if we see his shadow.

    Love and licks,

    • dogdaz

      February 2, 2016 at 07:08

      Let us know.

  4. fredrieka

    February 2, 2016 at 06:33

    rodents woof woof I will chase them up a tree to shorten our winter weather

    • dogdaz

      February 2, 2016 at 07:09

      Well, not sure this is the critter you want to chase. He may chase you.

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