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Animal encounters

22 Jul
Mr. Marmot relaxes below the Seceda gondola.

Mr. Marmot relaxes below the Seceda gondola.

22 July 2016. Cows abound in the Alpe di Siusi and the Val Gardena in Italy’s north. True wildlife is a little harder to find. In fact, we’ve been hoping to spot a marmot here or in Switzerland for the past 4 years. We’ve taken “marmot trails” and seen nothing but cartoonish signs claiming the critters were about. Finally, the other day, we not only saw a marmot, but Ric captured a fine photo that I wanted to share with you. And for fun, here are a few more pictures of the animals that dot the trails we have traversed for the past 3 weeks.
Please click on any photo for a better view and a caption. 

 

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12 Responses to “Animal encounters”

  1. mvaden1948 July 25, 2016 at 14:54 #

    Glad your cats are having a good vacation too. They are probably delighted to be with you instead of in Rome with a sitter.

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    • gooddayrome July 25, 2016 at 15:05 #

      I think they are really enjoying it, except for the thunderstorms. Libby is hiding under the banquette right now, in fact, as we had a big storm move through.

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  2. Marcia Kakiuchi July 23, 2016 at 00:23 #

    What wonderful weather you had in this ‘fantasy’ land. Can’t week to meet your kitty cats.

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    • gooddayrome July 23, 2016 at 05:44 #

      And they you, Marcia!

      We did have good weather! Only one day that caused us to stay close to home (so far).

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  3. William Walls July 22, 2016 at 21:14 #

    Does the marmot dig holes in pastures similar to the ground hog/woodchuck? I am surprised Ric was able to get the picture. It looks fun – enjoy!

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    • gooddayrome July 23, 2016 at 05:45 #

      He did have to zoom in a bit. The marmot was about 30 feet below us. I don’t know if they dig. They live high up, always in rocky areas with scant grasses/low alpine plants. Maybe they use the rock crevices?

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  4. ckleonard July 22, 2016 at 17:59 #

    I enjoyed all the photos. The scenery there is mind boggling. So beautiful.

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  5. Maarja July 22, 2016 at 16:21 #

    What adorable baby hosts! The scenery is breathtaking! I like you in your coral tee shirt!! Good color on uou😊

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    • gooddayrome July 22, 2016 at 16:42 #

      Thank you! I love the reds you know! The baby goats were so soft and cute! I picked up the tiniest one and he weighed about 3 lbs.

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  6. Christine July 22, 2016 at 13:39 #

    Great photo of the marmot! Looks just like the groundhog in my yard! Hope you had a great trip, including those lucky kitties of yours.

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    • gooddayrome July 22, 2016 at 13:50 #

      Hey, we just read up on marmots and were interested to see they are related to the groundhog. In fact, in Italy they call Feb 2 “Il giorno di marmotta.” We’ve had a great time. Now in our last week. Having a T-storm this afternoon and Libby is not enjoying that!

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