Adorable chipmunk stuffs cheeks with almonds

MarieMartheGagnonPublished: July 24, 2014Updated: July 4, 2017589,590 views
Published: July 24, 2014Updated: July 4, 2017

Let's try and guess how many almonds can this chipmunk stuff in her cheeks? Press play and start counting.

In the mean time, did you know that a chipmunk's cheeks can expand to three times the size of its head and they have pouches in their cheeks where they hold their food until they get back to store it in their burrows? Also, a single chipmunk can store up to 8lbs of food in a burrow!

Cheek pouches are pockets on both sides of the head of some mammals between the jaw and the cheek. They can be found on mammals including the platypus, some rodents, and most monkeys, as well as the marsupial koala. The cheek pouches of chipmunks can reach the size of their body when full.

The pouches have several roles; they allow the rapid collection of food, but also serve as temporary storage and transport. Cheek pouches contribute to the protection of animals by allowing them to carry their food in the pouches to shelter, allowing them to transport their food to safer locations, as they are pressing these pouches to the back of the mouth with the back of the leg, or moving the jaw. (source: Wikipedia)

We lost count of how many almonds this little fella managed to stuff in her cheeks, but we're sure that'll last her a few meals! Filmed in St-Colomban, Quebec, Canada.

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