05 August 2011
Another great lifer for the trip was found in Rocky Mountain National Park, a Marmot! Up until this moment the closest I had been to a Marmot was when I once tried on a rain jacket with its namesake. To say the least, I was far away from the actual. This furry rodent like animal is closely related to squirrels and I must admit, much larger than I imagined. This one tried to hide near the visitor center on Trail Ridge Road. The winds were blasting off the mountain slopes and I couldn't help but feel like the poor guy was freezing. But look at that huge, thick coat. These animals are made for high elevations and I was happy that I had such a great look at my first one.
We left the Marmot gazing out over the Rocky Mountains. I took a panoramic shot of the Marmot's view. I must say, the scenery was breathtaking! I am happy to add this to my mammal list and I hope I have many more looks at this huge ground squirrel.