Spotted this charming fellow on the way back to Leh from Nubra valley. In no time he had attracted a lot of people who were documenting his every move and also offering him biscuits and bananas.He must be used to people gaping at him and seemed impervious to the onlookers.After sometime he got bored and went back to his burrow.
There are about 14 species of marmots in the world and In Ladakh one can find two -the long tailed and the Himalayan marmots. They live in colonies and their burrows are exceptionally deep ranging from 2 to 35 m.They hibernate for 6-8 months starting from late september and live on roots,shoots and berries.
Wish I could get inside his cosy burrow and meet the rest of the colony members.