The unforgettable sound of a marmot howling

April 27, 2017 2:06 pm Last Updated: April 27, 2017 2:06 pm

Have you ever wondered what a screaming marmot sounds like? Probably not, but I bet you’re wondering now.

Marmots are these large squirrels that look a bit like beavers. They live in mountainous areas like the Alps and Carpathians in Europe, in the Rockys and Sierra Nevada and sometimes in rough grasslands in the North America, and also across the Eurasian Steppe.

When alarmed, they sound a piercingly loud whistle.

They use the sound to warn others of danger, to ward off predators, or even to communicate.

It’s earned them the nickname “whistle pig.”