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What the Helen of Troy is This Wildlife?

by Prince Of Petworth July 11, 2016 at 10:00 am 26 Comments

what the wildlife

“Dear PoPville,

Sunday morning I happened to look out of my window and saw this creature crossing the street. It doesn’t appear to be a gopher, mole, nutria, or DC councilmember but it looks like a huge rodent. I only had time to use my phone with crappie digital zoom. Any idea what this is, PoPville?”

Ed. Note: I guessed beaver, after the recent spotting in Van Ness but OP responded: “The tail wasn’t flat and leathery looking, like a beaver, which threw me off. It was furry and dark.”

  • Herewegoagain

    Ground hog

  • Neighbor


  • Anonamom

    It looks like a groundhog.

  • Philippe Lecheval

    Definitely a groundhog. I’m always surprised at how many people don’t know what they are. I guess it’s not normal seeing them in town, but you don’t have to go too far into the country to find them in good numbers.

  • Truxton Thomas

    Groundhog, aka woodchuck

    • SparklyKittyTacos

      Woah. TIL groundhoud = woodchuck.

  • Ally

    Groundhog! (I think).

  • nevermindtheend

    ROUSes? I don’t think they exist.

    • Caroline

      Nevermindtheend for the win!

  • LCinDC


    • Susan


    • WillardWalkerDC

      Definitely Rattata…

  • Looks like a marmot.

    • U Streeter

      You are correct. Groundhog (aka Woodchuck) is one of many species of Marmot.

  • This reminds me of when there used to be groundhogs living close to the red line metro station (I think it was White Flint) in the early 2000s. As my train rolled by one day, a foreign tourist sitting behind me asked me what that animal was. I said groundhog. He asked, does it taste good? :)

    • LittleBluePenguin

      ha! yikes!

    • Idontgetit

      “Yes it is. Usually it’s not displayed on the menu, you have to ask for it.” ;-)

    • wdc

      where I come from, we call them “whistle pigs”. And no, they don’t taste very good, but in a pinch…

      • Vermont? (I know that’s where WhistlePig whiskey comes from)

        • Tsar of Truxton

          Actually, WhistlePig is bottled in Vermont, but it comes from Canada. Whistlepig does not distill its own stuff last I knew.

    • AMDCer

      I saw one from the College Park metro platform recently.

  • Marcy

    I saw a ground hog at Kalorama and Ontario Rd. last year. It was interesting to watch the variety of reactions in the street!


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