However, having gotten over the horror of the aforementioned shadow, I've crept back out, and despite what the calendar says I'm going to feature the Wagner version of a groundhog as the first critter.
He's known as a groundhog (or woodchuck, or whistlepig) here in the United States, though it's unlikely that his creators called him that: they probably called this piece a marmot.
North America and Europe are home to various species of marmots (which are ground squirrels). The groundhog is one of several marmot species found in the United States.
|"No fair! How come he's got whiskers, and I don't?"|