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I got 13 problems, but a squirrel ain't one
While attending the Women’s Wellness & Adventure Weekend at the Audubon Center of the North Woods (ACNW) on the shores of Grindstone Lake in east-central Minnesota, I fell in love with this adorable creature. He’s probably a pest to locals, but for me he was a new cooperative cutie to study. The thirteen-lined ground squirrel, or "thirteen liner," is the small gopher-like animal often seen along roads throughout most of Minnesota. These animals really do have 13 stripes - seven dark stripes separated by six lighter ones. I later learned that the 13 liner is very familiar to Minnesotans because this little animal is the mascot for the University of Minnesota's "Golden Gophers!"
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