The himalayan Marmot

Hey, look at me!
Hey, look at me!
Don't be afraid!
Don't be afraid!
In the safety of its cave
In the safety of its cave
Cute
Cute
beside her burrow
beside her burrow

 

Marmots  are a group of large ground squirrels. There are 14 species in the genus Marmota. Of these, the Himalayan marmots ( Marmota himalayana) are found in the Ladakh region of the Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir.

The size of an adult animal is about the same as of a house cat. They have a golden-brown  coat, with a lighter shade on face & belly. They live in burrows in large colonies. They eat grass & shrubs available in the locality.

They are frequently seen sitting upright with two front limbs in front of the chest, a funny posture indeed.

Usually not afraid of humans, they are frequently seen to come near the human presence to look for food.

During my recent trip in Ladakh, I’ve seen a few of these peculiar rodents at an altitude of fourteen thousand feet , & was able to photograph them.

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