A Groundhog Steals This Man’s Afternoon Snack

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Written by Hannah Crawford

Published: February 22, 2024

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There are few things more adorable in life than when an animal comes to you to show love when you didn’t ask for it. Perhaps you had a bad day at work and are crying on the couch, and your dog or cat comes over just to lie on your lap or to lick you. It is letting you know that you are loved and not alone. Well, it’s not just domestic animals that can feel that bond with people. Let’s see what happens with this man when a hungry groundhog stops by to see what he’s eating. 

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Man Grabs the Attention of a Curious Groundhog

The Instagram Reel shown just above takes us to China. The BabyAnmals Instagram page shares this video from an account based out of Sichuan, China. The above channel shares various animals of adorable baby animals, such as dogs, lizards, alligators, squirrels, tigers, and sloths.  

Groundhog Steals a Small Bite

At the start of the video above, we see a man enjoying his afternoon snack of what looks like wafers outside. The sky is blue, and the hilly mountainside stretches as far as the eye can see. Suddenly, a curious groundhog starts to wobble up to the man. Of course, there is that first concern of “Are groundhogs aggressive? And will he bite the man?” that immediately comes to mind.

Well, the Human Rescue Alliance shares that groundhogs are not typically aggressive animals. Of course, they can be dangerous if they feel threatened, cornered, or if they are sick. However, their nature is not to be aggressive toward humans. 

As the man continues to eat, the groundhog comes over and sniffs the man out. Once he’s sure it is safe, the groundhog begins to steal his wafers and pockets from his hand. He’s determined to enjoy this afternoon, too. 

Is it Okay to Feed a Wild Groundhog?

groundhog coming out of burrow

Groundhogs can run up to 10 miles per hour.

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Groundhogs (Marmota monax), otherwise known as woodchucks, are of the Sciuridae family and reside in North America. These furry mammals can be found in burrows that may even be in your yard. According to the Humane Society, “If you have a groundhog burrow on your property and don’t have any conflicts with its occupants, let it be.” 

With as adorable as they can be, it has probably tempted you a time or two to feed them. And while this might seem kind, it actually does wild animals a disservice to feed them. Once they are dependent on a steady stream of food provision, they will stop looking for themselves and also stop having a healthy fear of humans. Not all humans have the desire to be nice to animals, and thus, this could put their lives in jeopardy. 

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About the Author

Hannah Crawford is a writer at A-Z Animals where she focuses on reptiles, mammals, and locations in Africa. Hannah has been researching and writing about animals and various countries for over eight years. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Communication\Performance Studies from Pensacola Christian College, which she earned in 2015. Hannah is a resident in Florida, and enjoys theatre, poetry, and growing her fish tank.

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