When an Ottawa family discovered a groundhog making its home under their front steps this spring, they phoned an animal control company. Unfortunately, the animal control company did not practice humane methods – they relocated the adult groundhog and filled in the hole with dirt.

Luckily, the family were animal lovers. They watched as babies left behind were able to dig themselves out over the next few days and brought them to RVWS. Four of the babies thrived and were released in an appropriate habitat close to where they were found.