CINCINNATI - The corner of Pike and Third streets in downtown Cincinnati, has a family atmosphere, of sorts. Workers in the area have unofficially chucked together some ideas to keep a family of groundhogs healthy.
A few people bring food and water and clean up after the animals. Passersby explained that the groundhog family is living underneath Ft. Washington Way, where they have burrowed tunnels stretching from a bridge wall to the entrance area of One Lytle Place Apartments.
One of the workers who was returning from lunch said, "I'm on the Facebook friend page."
That is correct. The groundhog family, along Ft. Washington Way, has a Facebook Page . According one of passing workers, Don Hust, the page was created for fun.
"They've just kind of become the adopted pet of the Lytle Park District," said Hust. "Employees from the downtown area come walking by, pull out there cellphones to snap a picture of them."
The rodents have become somewhat of a tourist attraction. Nick Buckley, who works in accounting nearby, explained that he had never seen a groundhog in person.
"I just took a picture of it on my camera," said Buckley. "I was going to send it to my girlfriend."
Should you want to go down to watch the animals, be aware that little parking is available and remember that groundhogs are wild not tame creatures. The Internet is also a great (and safe) way to see them.
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