Russian Couple Frees Stuck Fat Gopher, Amuses Chinese Netizens

A Russian couple on holiday driving on Olkhon island on Lake Baikal discover a stuck groundhog (prarie dog) that they then help free.

A Russian couple on holiday driving on Olkhon island on Lake Baikal discover a stuck groundhog (prarie dog) that they then help free.

Currently the most popular microblog post of the past 24 hours on China’s Sina Weibo social network…

From Sina Weibo:

@fall_ark: [c震惊哭] On YouTube, a Russian user named PsihAl uploaded a video of them driving on Baikal Lake’s Olkhon Island during a vacation when they suddenly saw something strong on the empty road. Only when they got closer did they discover that it was a prarie dog [groundhog, gopher, ground squirrels], and for some reason (because of being too fat) it was stuck in the hole it had dug out…stuck… [c震惊哭]


The video on YouTube had gone viral after it was posted:

A copy of the video on Youku:

Comments from Sina Weibo:


I feel like there must’ve been a clear “pop” the moment it came out.


We’re doomed, the planet’s plug has been removed.


Shouldn’t it be automatically struck back into its hole with a hammer/mallet? [思考]


This 土拨鼠 [tu bo shu, groundhog] has become a 土拔鼠 [tu ba shu, the middle character means “pull out”] [泪][泪]


Fatties all suffer being unable to free themselves…


I even heard the sound of a pop.


“Pop”, this animated gif comes with its own sound effects.


Leave me alone! [怒骂] I can do it myself! [怒骂] I… [生病] can… [悲伤] do… [衰]it…


I was trying to go down… why were you pulling…


“Ahhh! I’m stuck, I can’t get out, I can’t get out!” (flails) “Ahhhh! What are these two weird humans doing! Stop pulling on me! Stop pulling on me! Look how you’ve stretched me! (゚Д゚)ノ I’m out! Better run! [hold住]


Written by Fauna

Fauna is a mysterious young Shanghainese girl who lives in the only place a Shanghainese person would ever want to live: Shanghai. In mid-2008, she started chinaSMACK to combine her hobby of browsing Chinese internet forums with her goal of improving her English. Through her tireless translation of popular Chinese internet news and phenomenon, her English has apparently gotten dramatically better. At least, reading and writing-wise. Unfortunately, she's still not confident enough to have written this bio, about herself, by herself.


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