What is this creature??

  1. this animal has been on my front porch for awhile today...we think it is a groundhog-but not sure..."he" finally left a few minutes ago and is wondering around in our front yard! :chuckle
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  2. 12 Comments

  3. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Yep, that's a groundhog. A well-fed groundhog lol.
  4. by   LeesieBug
    Groundhog, woodchuck, whistle pig.....pick your favorite name. :chuckle

    I love those things.
  5. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Definately not a polecat.
  6. by   prmenrs
    I vote f0or groundhog, too, as per the movie of the same name.
  7. by   jnette
    Fat groundhog ! :chuckle
  8. by   jemb
    My mother used to tell me stories about a pet groundhog that my parents had early in their marriage. Apparently it just wandered into the house one day and made itself at home. They started feeding it and it moved in permanently. It loved cold mashed potatoes , eating them by balancing a ball of them on its knuckles and rotating the ball so it ate the edges before the middle. It would get grumpy after a meal, and would fall asleep on the top of the sofa back not wanting to be disturbed until a couple of hours after eating.

    Sounded realy cute. Somewhere I have pictures, and if I can remember where they are, I'll post them.
  9. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    A guy i went to high school with, his parents had a raccoon that showed up on their porch. They fed it a half of a peanut butter sandwich every day. NOT peanut butter on BREAD. A SANDWICH. And the racoon picked it up and ate it like a sandwich too lol.
  10. by   Brendy
    I thought it looked more like a hedgehog than a groundhog
    Some of those creatures like to wreak havoc in your garden..but I think theyre cute.
    But then again I love any animal....but keep those bugs away from me...ewww
  11. by   Gompers
    Quote from LPN2Be2004
    A guy i went to high school with, his parents had a raccoon that showed up on their porch. They fed it a half of a peanut butter sandwich every day. NOT peanut butter on BREAD. A SANDWICH. And the racoon picked it up and ate it like a sandwich too lol.
    We used to have two families of squirrells living in our yard - like a reddish family and a grayish one. We used to feed them crunchy peanut butter sandwiches, too! We'd make them and cut them into quarters, and each squirrell who came to the back door got a piece. They looked so cute standing there nibbling on their tiny sandwiches! Eventually they learned to open them up and eat the PB out from inside, then toss away the bread and come back for more. Eh, the birds ate the bread so I guess it wasn't so bad.
  12. by   RN-PA
    Quote from Gompers
    We used to have two families of squirrells living in our yard - like a reddish family and a grayish one. We used to feed them crunchy peanut butter sandwiches, too! We'd make them and cut them into quarters, and each squirrell who came to the back door got a piece. They looked so cute standing there nibbling on their tiny sandwiches! Eventually they learned to open them up and eat the PB out from inside, then toss away the bread and come back for more. Eh, the birds ate the bread so I guess it wasn't so bad.
    SQUEEEEEEAL! That sounds so cute! The stories that jemb told about her parents' pet groundhog and LPN2Be2004 told about the raccoon were cute, too.

    I also love all animals, and at a cabin in Canada owned by my parents are chipmunks and other wildlife. We used to feed the chipmunks dry corn right out of our hands years ago as kids, but my Dad had us stop feeding them because they got so tame, they lost their fear and would get eaten by herons. (We also realize the risk of rabies, etc.) So a few years ago, since we had no corn, I decided to try giving a chipmunk that was hanging around some peanut butter on a piece of cracker. Well, the poor little thing gagged on the peanut butter and let out a tiny *SQUEAK* I guess because it stuck to the roof of its mouth. I thought I was gonna have to perform a mini-Heimlich on the little thing. Fortunately, it was okay, but I'd have never forgiven myself if the little chippy had choked to death!

    I also vote that it's a VERY well-fed groundhog, ?burntout.
  13. by   ?burntout
    The more DH and I talk about it...we believe it is a groundhog too. He told me after I came back in the house, he saw it climb off the porch and stand up and put his front paws together and look around...then he was on his way.

    DH also thinks this is probably the same groundhog he has seen in the woods right behind our house...so looks like we have another pet. :chuckle

    I know one thing though...."he" does NOT like our cat and dog that checked him out! He SQUEALED so loud I thought it was an alarm of some sort... :imbar :chuckle
  14. by   unknown99
    Quote from LPN2Be2004
    Definately not a polecat.

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