Waddling Clothes

Two young marmots play on a boulder in a mountain meadow as one of the adults looks on, taken on the Skyline Trail in Mount Rainier National Park in September 2009

Two young marmots play in a mountain meadow as one of the adults looks on. We came across this colony in the early fall beside the Skyline Trail in Mount Rainier. You can see how chubby even the youngsters are at this time of the year as they prepare to hibernate through the long winter on the mountain. Despite being wrapped in waddling clothes, the marmots move with surprising speed when they want to, bursting across the talus fields with a speed that belies their bellies.

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