Marmots are, basically, shy and over-grown squirrels. There are 15 different species of the large ground squirrels, and they mainly live in mountainous regions. They’re perky and sociable with each other, but when it comes to humans, they tend to steer clear.
That is, at least, until they met this young boy. Matteo Walsh and his family stumbled upon a group of the animals while on a family vacation to the Alps, and instant friendship was struck.