The poor thing was terrified because our brute of a dog, Sofie, had it on a run for its life. This groundhog has lived under our storage shed for a couple of years now. We see it eating from our garden periodically, usually minding its own business. I guess it made the mistake and wondered into Sofie's territory today! I grabbed Sofie and dragged her inside to give the groundhog peace and hope it would leave the tree on its own. After about an hour frozen in the same position, it finally awkwardly made it to the ground and bolted to its home under our shed.
Sofie is a great family dog. But be forewarned mammals of the smaller variety (chipmunks, raccoons, skunks, bunnies, moles and cats), she'll get you if she can. You'd be lucky to live through it.
Bummer that the Little Ladies missed out in the excitement; they are at the aquarium today with my dad.