Marmot and little boy, Matteo http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2193986/Matteo-Walch-8-strikes-remarkable-friendship-clan-marmots-Austria.html#axzz2JkczERaS
The marmots and me: The schoolboy, 8, who has struck up a remarkable friendship with a colony of alpine animals
Furry friends: The schoolboy from Innsbruck first met the clan of marmots four years ago on a family holiday and has returned every year since. by Rachel McDermott, dailymail.co.uk #Marmot #Matteo_Walch #dailymail
The schoolboy, 8, who has struck up a remarkable friendship with a colony of alpine animals They are notoriously shy around humans, but when they see Matteo Walch, they scuttle to his side and show him nothing but affection. Matteo’s mother Michaela said: ‘Their friendship has lasted for more than four years now.’
Marmots are large, squirrel-like rodents that are usually shy of humans. More often than not, when they run into people, they'll beat their tails and chatter their teeth, trying to warn them off. But when a special group of marmots see the 8 year old Matteo Walch, they cuddle up to him like puppy dogs. There is an undeniable, but very unique, between Matteo and a group of alpine marmots he met 4 years ago.