Last fall I wrote a couple blogs about our resident groundhog (thief) Wilbur. https://sarasinart.net/2016/11/26/wilbur-wrote-a-blog/ Well, now there is more story about Wilbur, and I need to especially say that he is not Wilbur, she is Wilburina!
We’ve been seeing him now and then this spring, but not a lot. Now we know why……..he is she, and yesterday my neighbors across the alley saw HER bringing her 3 babies out from under the garage and taking them up in the field behind my property. She said they are little, and cute and don’t seem afraid of people. I hope nobody messes around with them tho, cos a mother groundhog is as nasty as a mother bear at protecting her young.
I read that she doesn’t bring them out of the den till they’re a month old, and they leave her care when they’re about 3 months old. They are solitary animals so the babies will go off somewhere then to find a place to dig their own dens. They are full grown at about 2 years old.
So, my daughter in law is getting more dried corn and I got some tomatoes to put down in along the retaining wall, cos Wilburina needs to eat well to nurse 3 pups! We are such softies for animals here. I haven’t seen them myself, but soon, I hope!
P. S. This morning Eliza saw them and there are 4 pups. Tomato and carrots went away, and I put out more…….. 🙂