Alpine marmot (Marmota marmota) - Tyrolean Alps, Austria
One of my favorite critters from the Alps, these chunky rodents could be seen running about on the hillsides and nibbling on various vegetation. They live in a complex series of tunnels which are utilized by the entire family group. I was surprised by how wary and difficult to approach these marmots were, upon seeing me coming they would quickly waddle into their burrows when I was still quite far away. However with a bit of patience and good luck I was able to approach alteast some individuals to photographable distance.