Sunday, August 01, 2010

Monster Marmots

Global warming is not great for people who live in low lying areas (like the 160 million people who live in Bangladesh). For many wild animals and plants climate change also causes problems, pushing many towards extinction.

The world’s rising temperature does however seem to be good news for marmots. The little fellows are apparently experiencing something of a baby boom, with their numbers multiplying greatly. Not merely that, but marmots are becoming ever chubbier and healthier, because the warmer summers greatly suit their lifestyle.

It is as yet unclear whether this new population of monster marmots is good or bad news for marmot predators – does the growth in marmot numbers mean more tasty snacks for wolves and bears, or are the marmots becoming too fierce to eat? Only time will tell.


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