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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Snap happy! The moment adorable marmot got behind the lens of unattended camera

By Chris Parsons

They're often the subject of tourists and wildlife photographers' lenses, so it's no wonder this adorable marmot decided to turn the tables.

The cute creature experienced life on the other side of the lens after spotting an unattended camera on an Austrian mountain range.

Photographer Stefan Meyers was taking photographs of the alpine marmots in Grossglockner - Austria's highest mountain - when the bizarre scene unfolded.

My turn: The adorable marmot seemed to enjoy getting to grips with the camera in Austria

Life through a lens: The marmots are normally extremely shy, but approached photographer Stefan Meyer's camera for inspection

The 67-year-old from Germany watched on helplessly as the notoriously shy creature approached his camera, stood on its hind legs and looked carefully through the lens.

Stefan quickly grabbed his friend's equipment to capture the moment and was shocked further still as other marmots later joined in the fun.

Normally, when seeing an intruder, a marmot will become defensive and try to warn them off by beating their tail and chattering their teeth.

Group shot: These three cute marmot decided to huddle around the camera equipment for a closer look

Other side of the lens: Marmots like the ones seen in Austria can reach up to 50cm in length

They will then emit a series of loud whistles to members of their colony to encourage them to run for cover.

Bizarrely, the animals are heavier in the autumn, when they can weigh up to 8kg, in comparison to 3kg in the spring months.

Marmots stand at around 18cm tall and reach up to 50cm in length.



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