After the thing that resembled a tail moved, we were fairly certain we had a live little body under there.
Yup, no doubt about it folks. There's a baby under there. A scared little young ground hog.
It has been quite a long time since we've seen any ground hogs in our yard, so we suspect this little one somehow got separated from his momma. With a little coaxing, we chased him out from under the grill, and around the side of the house.
But then he stalled under some very safe looking plant cover.
Eventually he ran under our fence and into the neighbor's yard.
I understand that ground hogs can become pests in residential areas. Even so, I did think he was kind of cute.
Maybe he just wanted some asparagus.