Jul 1, 2009 | Marmot, Summer 2009

Say Hello to my Little Cousin!

The Vancouver Island Marmot is thought to have originated on the mainland of British Columbia, prior to the Cordilleran glaciation about 10,000 years ago.

The Marmot Recovery Foundation surmises that when sea levels dropped and land bridges were formed, marmots migrated to the Island and evolved into their present form.

Ancient lore that The Marmot has uncovered in secret archives suggest that marmots have a close relationship with another elusive creature: sasquatch.

(Why else, we have to ask, would the Vancouver Olympic Organizing Committee think to pair mascots like Quatchi and Muk Muk together?)

Marmots live in colonies, and sasquatch are suspected to co-habit in groups, migrating with the growing seasons.

Marmot habitat is traditionally high in the mountains, above 1,000 metres. Sasquatch too, prefers higher elevations.

Marmots are herbivores and eat a lot of plants. Sasquatches have not been known to attack anything beyond a berry bush, although there is a sub-species that has been discovered to eat shellfish in ocean lowlands, as previously revealed in The Marmot.

Marmots while away the few daylight hours they are above ground either nose-touching or sparring in play fights. Sasquatch delight in watching the marmots’ antics, much like a human would watch a pet cat or dog.

Vancouver Island’s Marmots are considered endangered in Canada. In recent years, efforts at breeding centres at Mount Washington and the Calgary Zoo have been successful in bringing the furry critters back from the brink.

But we know the real secret: and if you look hard enough in the shadows of the treeline above the Marmot Foundation’s breeding centre, you’ll see it too. Sasquatch… keeping an eye on its furry friends.

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