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By Iris Os­borne, Grade 4 North­lake Woods Pub­lic School, Water­loo, Ont.

Van­cou­ver Is­land Mar­mots are her­bi­vores. They eat more than 40 dif­fer­ent types of grasses, herbs and wild­flow­ers.

These small mam­mals hi­ber­nate be­low ground from the mid­dle of Septem­ber un­til late April or early May.

In the spring, when they wake up from hi­ber­na­tion, they have to tun­nel through sev­eral me­tres of snow.

A hi­ber­nat­ing mar­mot’s heart­beat slows to three or four beats per minute. It has an av­er­age of 110 to 200 beats per minute when it’s ac­tive.

Van­cou­ver Is­land Mar­mots are also called “whis­tle pigs” be­cause they whis­tle when they are alarmed.

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