'Hitchhiking' Marmot Released Back Into Wild After Being Found in Garage

A marmot was released back into the wild at Staunton State Park in Colorado on June 27, after it was discovered in the garage of a nearby home.

Footage by Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) shows wildlife officers setting the critter free at the park.

According to CPW, “half a dozen or more” marmots accidentally hitchhike from the high country down to the Front Range each year, and this one grabbed a ride from Winter Park down to Parker.

“Marmots like the ambient heat of the engine, or at times some of the wire coatings are now made from soy-based insulation and that smells like food when heated.,” CPW said in a tweet. Credit: CPW NE Region via Storyful