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16 August 2009 @ 11:15 am
Rocky Mountain National Park - Marmots!  
Marmots in the Alpine Tundra zone of the Rocky Mountain National Park were a crazy bunch and I think they deserved a separate post of their own for the show they put on.



Marmots - The Kiss!


That photograph alone will not tell the story and is open to interpretation by the viewer. It does look like the marmots are kissing but they're not. Marmots are the largest true hibernators and all marmots except the woodchuck are social animals, so this group was perhaps a family. But even in social groups there are frequent fights for food and dominance and I think this was one such case. Here's the full story (according to me anyway and which may be corrected if a marmot expert says otherwise!):






One marmot has found something to eat and has staked claim to a nice little spot






And begins eating






Another marmot doesn't like something about it and attacks...







... and a fight begins






Round 1 to intruder






But the intruder won't get away with it just yet







More intense fighting begins






Intruder is on the verge of giving up...






...and does so by running away












 
 
 
Yathinyathin on August 16th, 2009 08:22 pm (UTC)
Nope, just photographs since all this happened in seconds. :-)