I was taking a bucket of compost out to the bin, which is a wooden shed-like structure Al built a couple years ago to replace the ones built out of old pallets. I leaned over the front door of the bin to dump my scraps… and came face to face with the huge groundhog that lives under the cottage in the back yard!
He was on top of the pile, enjoying a lunch of previously discarded rotten tomatoes, carrot leaves and such.
We both squealed in surprise, and he scooted out underneath the door.
This is him on a different day, taken from the dining room window – I would say he goes at least 10 lbs.