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Last spring, Jeff Permar decided to expand his garden, building a new plot devoted to delicious fruits and vegetable. Unfortunately, Permar was not the only one who knew they would be delicious, and one by one, the fruits of his labor began disappearing. Not willing to let crime go unpunished, he set up a secret camera to catch the perpetrator, and discovered that he had the sort of problem I wish I had: an adorable neighborhood gopher. While this would be a source of consternation to many home gardeners, Permar seems to understand that, technically, he’s on the groundhog’s land, and this is a perfectly legal activity under gopher law.

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In what can only be considered a gift to all of humanity, Permar set up an Instagram account for the gopher, who now goes by the name “Chunk.” And Chunk knows how to work a camera!

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I would personally like to thank Permar for sharing the gift of Chunk will all of us, because he is truly the ray of sunshine I needed to cap off this week.

Allison Robicelli is The Takeout staff writer, a former professional chef, author of three books, and The People's Hot Pocket Princess. Questions about recipes/need cooking advice? Tweet @Robicellis.

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