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Kentucky Color - Groundhog Day

Chuck, the orphaned groundhog, was well behaved spectator at recent Campbellsville High School Baseball game. Kim Hayes with the Kentucky Division of Forestry assumed temporary custory of the little fellow whose kind are prey now to increasing scourge of coyotes.
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By Billy Joe Fudge
I consider myself to be an activist for the rights of animals. I believe all species have an inalienable right to lead lives that somewhat resemble their niche in the Animal Kingdom. I believe we as humankind are doing a disservice to Creation by making Beagles into lap dogs, Retrievers into house dogs, cats into vegetarians, and rats into caged trapeze artists.

However it was quite refreshing to have watched a Campbellsville High School baseball game with this orphaned groundhog. He or she, I don't know which for I was remiss in inquiring, seemed to enjoy the game as much as the rest of the folks.

I was somewhat disenchanted with the limited selection at the concession stand which necessitated this young Woodchuck having to bring his or her favorite formula and cereal from home. I will concede the fact that the concession stand does an excellent job at meeting the needs of their human customers.

Chuck, maybe it is a he, was brought into the Kentucky Division of Forestry office and Kim Hayes assumed the role of surrogate mother. Kim assured us all that this role is temporary and in lieu of finding a more suitable home for the mild mannered rodent.

Groundhogs are one of the cleanest animals. They make their home underground and only consume the finest of grasses and legumes such as alfalfa, clover, and about any kind of bean or pea you might plant in your garden.

Groundhogs, along with late winter newborn calves and rabbits have had a rough time surviving in recent years due to the ever increasing scourge of coyotes.

Oh and by the way for those who might be wondering, Chuck could have seen his shadow but I believe he was sleeping or maybe hibernating under his "blankie" at the time.

This story was posted on 2010-05-18 14:35:55
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Kentucky Color: Meet Chuck the well-behaved groundhog orphan

2010-05-18 - Photo by Billy Joe Fudge. Campbellsville, KY
"Chuck" the orpaned groundhog was the focus of a lot of attention at a recent Campbellsville High School Eagles baseball game. The cute baby behaved most properly; it is well cared for by Kim Hayes, who is temporarily the baby's caretaker.

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Chuck, the orphaned groundhog, enjoys a meal

2010-05-18 - Photo by Billy Joe Fudge. Campbellsville, KY
Chuckie took time out to enjoy a meal.

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