There is nothing like a collection of cute photos to cheer up your Monday, and so when I came across a rather endearing story about Austria’s latest superstar – the Marmot Whisperer in the UK’s Daily Mail Newspaper, I knew I had to share it!
Matteo Walch may look like an ordinary eight-year old schoolboy, but over the past four years, he has built up a remarkable relationship with some of Austria’s most famous residents – the Alpine Marmots.
First introduced to the furry creatures when he joined his nature-loving family on a holiday to Austria’s highest mountain Grossglockner, Matteo managed to gain their trust (with the help of a box of carrots!), and is now able to pet and rub noses with members of the colony whenever he returns.
Notoriously shy around humans, alpine Marmots rarely stick around long enough for you to get a photo, but if you visit the Austrian Alps during the late summer months, you may be lucky enough to hear the distinct whistles echoing around the valleys.
Standing around 18cm tall, and weighing up to 8kg, the alpine Marmots certainly seem to feel at ease around Matteo, and whether you believe that humans can connect with wild animals or not, you cannot deny that these photo’s are absolutely adorable!
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This so remarkable!! Thank you for sharing.
Thank you for stopping by! Glad you liked it 🙂
Oh, we read about this wonderful young chap and were entranced at the photographs. So incredible 😉
The photo’s are amazing aren’t they?! I love this story 🙂
He`s part of the Marmots family without any doubt :), great wonderful amazing pics…., love them :), and I`m just so envious!!
Me too!!! Thanks for stopping by 🙂
Adorable indeed. What a neat kiddo.
I agree! We would love some photo’s like these… must remember to take the carrots next time we head into the Alps! 😉
That’s soooo cute 🙂
I know!! I want one too! Or at least a photo of one 🙂
They are so cuddly. They took away all my stress for the day ^^
Great to hear! Thanks for stopping by 🙂
I know! I am going to arm myself with a bag of carrots next time I head into the Alps… watch this space! 🙂
The hills are alive with….marmots?
I actually thought they were Groundhogs….? But it seems they are most definitely Marmots!
Love the photos! So cute and adorable! 🙂 I wish I can be friends with them the way this little boy can! Thanks for the share! 🙂
Thank you for stopping by! They are soooo cute! I want one too! 😉
You never know where your friends are going to come from. Looks like this kid is really attuned to them so they feel comfortable around him. Guess he’s just a big brother among them. Thanks for passing this on.