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Groundhog, squirrel spotted eating breakfast together at tiny picnic table

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A Kingston man captured a groundhog and squirrel eating breakfast. (Photo: Ronald Lopes)

KINGSTON, R.I. (WJAR) — In a wooded area of Kingston, Rhode Island, lots of animals call it their home.

The same goes for Ronald Lopes. He and his family moved to the area about a year ago to be closer to the beach, but he said he's enjoyed the animals.

"It's actually pretty cool to watch," said Lopes. "It's like a show in my backyard because there are so many different animals since we're secluded."

A few months ago, Lopes hung bird feeders all around his backyard.

The birds were very receptive and then he noticed more squirrels and chipmunks coming around.

A few weeks ago, he bought a miniature picnic table and put it next to the one he and his family uses. That way his furry, frequent visitors could enjoy what Lopes had to offer.

"I got it to feed the squirrels and chipmunks. Everyone sees them as nuisances, but I like watching them. They're actually pretty funny to watch," said Lopes. "So, I get up in the early morning and they wait and when I come out there, literally five minutes later, they all come on the deck eating out of the picnic table and eating out of the bird feeders."

A few weeks ago, Lopes said he witnessed a beautiful breakfast date.

First came a squirrel and then the groundhog that's been living under his porch.

"Never seen it before, never seen anything like that before," said Lopes. "They kind of settled down and started eating together, which I think is pretty cool."

Lopes said the pair seemed to enjoy one another's company.

"They were there for about 30 minutes, it was a while," he said. "They just sat there hanging out and eating, unbothered."

Lopes said they've now made it part of their regular routine.

"I thought it was great that they were together," said Lopes. "I thought it was a really cool thing for animals to do that. You don't really see it often with a groundhog."

Lopes takes pictures but doesn't dare mess with their meal.

He's shared the photos with neighbors so the community can see what's happening in his backyard.

"I thought everybody should see it and everybody should get a smile off of it. I definitely did. It makes me smile every time I see it," he said. "With everything going on, hopefully this can bring a smile to people and that's a good thing because people need it right now."
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