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Thursday 09/19/2019 Good night Mrs. Woodchuck. See you next April (VIDEO)

Woodchucks are such a fascinating animal. A true hibernator. I captured this one on my lawn this morning I'm sure just before she will hibernate for close to seven months. Her body temperature will decline from around 80 degrees to maybe 37 degrees. Her heart rate will decline from 80 per minute to just two beats. And her breathing will slow from 20 breaths a minute to just two. What a wonderfully extraordinary neighbor I saw this morning.


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