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Happy Thanksgiving from an expert face-stuffer
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The Siberian chipmunk is the only species of chipmunk found outside of North America. Its native habitat ranges from across Russia to northern China, Japan, and Korea. Though Siberian pine nuts are a favorite meal, these little rodents will eat nearly anything—seeds, fruits, insects, even small birds and lizards. Our ravenous friend here in Hokkaido, Japan, is gorging on inflorescences, or clusters of flowers. A chipmunk can stuff a surprising amount of goodies into its cheek pouches, which can stretch to three times its head size—imagine how ridiculous we'd look if our stomachs were as forgiving.
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Quick fact:
In 1989, George H.W. Bush became the first US president to formally pardon a turkey ahead of Thanksgiving. Every president since then has upheld the tradition.
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