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It is spring in the Swiss Alps. Snow is still falling now and then. In the morning light, marmots out of hibernation are carefully leaving their burrows to explore their territory in search of food. Most individuals in this family group are a brood from the previous year. They're most vulnerable with their tawny-brown coat against remaining patches of snow, and move fast. The colony sentinel in the first image watches out and whistles for predators. You can see its teeth and tongue clearly.
Alpine meadow in a rocky area, 1800m ASL
Local predators include eagles, foxes, and humans. Alpine marmots are affected by climate change. Find out more here: https://thealpinemarmotproject.org/clima...