Marmot makes home in Montana motorway pothole

MarmotMarmot makes home in Montana motorway pothole

This brave little critter loves life on the road – or at least in the road.

A yellow-bellied marmot who has made his home in a Montana motorway pot-hole A yellow-bellied marmot who has made his home in a Montana motorway pot-hole

The marmot was snapped taking death-defying peeks from a hole in a Montana motorway.

β€˜I thought it was just sitting in the road, as they do this quite often, but while setting up my tripod I saw out of the corner of my eye a car approaching the marmot,’ said photographer Zack Clothier.Β  β€˜I thought for sure it would scurry out of the road to avoid being hit so I continued what I was doing, still observing from the corner of my eye.Β  When the car got almost on top of it, the marmot seemed to just melt into the road.’

The yellow-bellied marmot – a kind of ground squirrel – soon reappeared, ducking in and out of the pothole.

β€˜When it finally stopped popping its head out, I walked over to the hole,’ said the photographer.Β  β€˜It seemed to be quite deep and tunnelled to one side under the road so it is possible the marmot was using it as a den.’