Marmots are not known for being particularly friendly. This famous scene in The Big Lebowski demonstrates quickly and comprehensively what humans can generally expect from marmots, i.e. they look nice and then they will fuck your shit up in a bathtub. But this little boy, Matteo Walch, is basically the Marmot Whisperer. He visits the Austrian Alps every year, and the marmots come out and hang out with him and have picnics with him and discuss the matters of the day.
"I drowned in the ocean and woke up on an island beach, in a city full of people. Some were happy to be there, others weren't. If you were an unhappy kid, a nun would sit with you (but only if you were a kid). I asked one nun where I was; she said, 'You're in heaven and hell. If you like it here, it's heaven. If you don't, then it's hell.' I hadn't been there long enough to know if I liked it or not. But I decided to really try to like it." -- Slow Wave, June 24, 2006