Those of you who follow Ms. Aura’s Twitter feed from the human world know that she’s got a problem with a marmot. As a result she asked me to do some detective work, and what I uncovered demonstrated that he’d been on a very interesting journey, similar to one Fenton and I once took.
Basically, we got a crash course in the existence of dimensional portals that cross both time and planes of existence. Our tale was recounted in the book "Oh the Humanity," in which we were transformed into humans after a number of stops on the way.
The marmot encountered a similar predicament. In his case he went through a portal by accident, and instead returning straight home as he’d been directed, simple greed led him to make a more circuitous route that nearly proved his undoing.