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The groundhog (Marmota monax), also known as a woodchuck, is a rodent of the family Sciuridae, belonging to the group of large ground squirrels known as marmots.[2] It was first scientifically described by Carl Linnaeus in 1758.[3] The groundhog is also referred to as a chuck, wood-shock, groundpig, whistlepig,[4][5] whistler, thickwood badger, Canada marmot, monax, moonack, weenusk, red monk[6] and, among French Canadians in eastern Canada, siffleux.[7] The name "thickwood badger" was given in the Northwest to distinguish the animal from the prairie badger. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Groundhog

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Photo taken on 6 May 2019 (© Michel_Rathwell / Flickr)

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