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Marmot Menzbira, or Talas marmot (Marmota menzbieri)

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Groundhog Menzbier
In the city, the seventh quarter is not considered the calmest. And not because the inhabitants there are more restless than others. Not at all. It has been rumored since dumps from the processing of ephedrine began to be dumped in dumps located in that area of ​​the chemical farm. Some inhibited aliens gathered in pits from all over the country. And if you add more gypsies and homeless people to them, who are hot in the summer here, and they move to the north, and by autumn return to this blessed land again, then you cannot call it prosperous.

After the first wife was jealous of Alexander Ivanovich to some telephone operator and left, taking his son, to his parents in Yakutia, he abandoned his hunting estate - more than 70 hectares of sea buckthorn, in the tug of which there were a myriad of pheasants, a two-story house almost on the shore of Issyk- Kul and settled here in the seventh quarter. Alexander Ivanovich was a hunter, or rather a hunter after the Irkutsk Faculty of Hunting. He even came from Issyk-Kul because of the marmots of Menzbir. Pheasants, he thought, are stupid, and these marmots are smart.

He can talk about them for hours:
- No matter how they destroy them, especially on mountain pastures, shepherds do not feed dogs, they catch marmosets, they don’t have enough to catch an adult, and a little marmot is curious and cannot sit for a long time in a hole. The marmot of Menzbier is generally unusual, similar to a person. Among the local peoples - Kazakhs, Kyrgyz - it has long been believed that this marmot is a person who, for some misconduct, was damned by Allah and condemned to live in holes and eat grass. The belief is based, of course, on careful observations of shepherds and groundhog hunters. We ourselves have repeatedly marveled at the strange behavior of this animal. Once in our cage there was a marmot caught for measurement. It was necessary to take it, but he bit, did not give in hands. I had to take a stick to take his face away from his hands. The animal, having seen the stick, suddenly crouched “on its hind legs”, and with its front legs covered its head from the alleged blow. Well, just like a person. At the same time, he looked at us so imploringly that we quickly measured him and let him go.

In his thesis, it was written: Marmot Menzbira or Talas marmot — a rodent of the squirrel family. The species is named after the Russian zoologist M.A. Menzbir. The distribution area is unusually small and covers only the west of the Tien Shan. With a body length of 40 to 45 cm and an average weight of 2.5 kg, the Menzbir marmot is the smallest species of marmot. Individual large specimens of the Himalayan marmot can, on the contrary, have a length of up to 70 cm and reach a weight of up to 9 kg. The Menzbir groundhog has a very small distribution area compared to other types of groundhogs. They settle on steep slopes with a dense and well-formed vegetation cover. The Menzbir marmot is classified as an independent species because of its insignificant size, its characteristic dark color of fur, its characteristic whistle, which differs from that of other marmots, as well as the distinctly differently constructed baculum (it is almost straight and does not have an extension at the end). This marmot lives only high-high in the mountains of the Western Tien Shan in a very limited area - just some 200 square kilometers. Its number is very small and continues to decline, it remained on very small sections of mountainous regions or foothills of Kyrgyzstan and in the spurs of the Ugamsky ridge of South Kazakhstan. He is no longer anywhere. In zoos, he does not take root, and in scientific collections of zoo museums - single copies. There are no more than 40 thousand animals left. The marmot of Menzbier is listed in the Red Book. Hunting for him is prohibited.

On that hot July day, Alexander Ivanovich in the garage dismantled his equipment. On the eve, he returned from Susungen Lake, which was lost in the mountains of the Ugam range. Detained several poachers. Suddenly, one of the poachers detained the other day approached the open gate. - Uncle Sasha, maybe we’ll agree? Alexander Ivanovich put down a bottle of beer. - This is what we should agree with you? Did you draw up the protocol? Made up. So wait for the fine. Take your bundle! He pushed out the applicant's garage. And near I saw two obviously not from the seventh quarter unfamiliar young people.
- And you. because - a provocateur, tail marmot. That's it, give them what you brought, ”Alexander Ivanovich nodded to the police. His struggle with poachers added to him annually foes who tried to somehow “annoy” the hunting inspector. The day was ruined.

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