Marmots: The Inhabitants of the Alps | Free Documentary Nature
These peculiar and roughly rabbit-sized rodents enjoy great popularity at the Großglockner in the Austrian Alps. Before the last ice age, marmots used to live in the lowland of Tirol, but with the melting of the glaciers they were driven higher up into the mountains – a trend that will continue given the current climate change. Today, they simply feel too warm below 800 meters. In spring, as soon as the temperatures begin to rise, marmots leave their dens after a nearly six-month long hibernation. After eating their share and recovering from the long fast, losing up to a third of their body weight, the most important thing is founding a family.
And that sometimes involves rather fierce territorial conflicts amongst the males. As long as there is snow covering the meadows, the marmots run a high risk being out – golden eagles are looking for prey. But the marmots have an efficient warning system set up: while the group is feeding, several sentinels are located around the meadow, warning the others by shrill whistling. At the start of summer, the young ones will appear and need to be extra careful.
So cute marmots, big rodent from the Alps that have a complex family who are working together for protect each other. 🦫🦫 thanks for sharing this amazing documentary, great job 😍🥰
The man who took in that first marmot has such a great relationship with the marmots it’s awesome to see that they trust him so much that many live under and around his lodge that is simply amazing and thank you for this beautiful documentary. Ps, what a funny little weasel playing so the bub can get excited enough to get out and play.
Seen Marmots for the first time riding from Austria in to Italy at a deserted Border Control Point.
The are so amazing and looks pretty out there where they are at in the mountains.
I was eating lunch while hiking in the rockies and 3 huge hoary marmots came running at me from 1 km away. They started begging for food and came within 1 m of me. Was kinda scary because they’re huge
“What would the alps look like without the marmots?”
I enjoyed this documentary looking at all those amazing animals and that pretty White Snow.
so cuuuuuuuuuteeeee !!! 😉
Did anyone else think the marmot had a horn for a few seconds?
It’s so cozy inside the burrow