Since he was 4 years old, Matteo Walch has been traveling with his family to Groslocker in the Austrian Alps for two weeks every year. It was at that young age that Matteo began forming his unusual bond with the mountain marmots.
When Matteo arrives, there are no chatterings or whistles of warning. Instead, the marmots eagerly approach him. The animals show affection for the boy, letting him feed them and play with them without hesitation.