The hoary marmot is commonly found near the treeline in the Rocky Mountains and are actually the largest ground squirrel which can grow up to 32 inches in height. 'Hoary' refers to the silver-grey fur on their shoulders and upper back. They love to lie around sunning themselves on rocks and spend almost half of their time doing so.
As a totem animal, they represent commitment and research. They also represent setting boundaries, a challenge for so many of us, and community. Marmots remind us to rest during difficult times and to work and play hard.
I'm really loving this chubby little guy from the 52 WEEKS PROJECT.