|"Yeah! I'm putting an orchestra together!"|
|— Aang remarking about the singing groundhogs.|
As part of Team Avatar's mini-vacations, Aang chose to visit the territory of the singing groundhogs in order to play around with the musical abilities of these little creatures. Aang demonstrated, by playing the flute, that they had an innate musical ability, and would respond to any musical note by singing a usually pitch-perfect response, even responding to Sokka's sarcastic "la dee da". As Aang kept playing, Momo attempted to capture one of these animals by running after them every time they popped out of their holes to respond to Aang's notes. Momo even hopped into the holes of the small creatures in his pursuit.
These creatures live in colonies on wide open prairies near the Si Wong Desert, and like ordinary groundhogs, they feed off insects and roots. With an ear for music, they will respond to single tones from a flute or other instrument by repeating that tone back to the player. The musical abilities of these little critters attract tourists from all over the world. Singing groundhogs are hibernating creatures, and cannot be found during the winter.
The singing groundhog seems closely related to the real life prairie dog, which, unlike the real life groundhog, often pops out of small holes in the ground.
- O'Bryan, John (writer) & Volpe, Giancarlo (director). (July 14, 2006). "The Library". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 2. Episode 10. Nickelodeon.
- From older Avatar: The Last Airbender official site, originally on Nick.com. Encyclopedia now broken, archived at The Lost Lore of Avatar Aang - Creature: Singing Groundhogs.