The high temperatures we have been experiencing this week (the temperature was predicted to reach 38 ºC/100 ºF 2nd day on a row today) apparently had this woodchuck (a.k.a. groundhog) rather dazed. They normally run for their burrows at the first sight of a human approaching. But this one just kept rummaging around in the sparse vegetation while I kept getting closer and closer with my camera aimed at it. I was only a few meters from it when it finally trotted into its hole.
The poor thing was probably looking for one more piece of succulent leaf to keep itself going until the nitefall.