When I was kid (some might say I still am), I used to feed chipmunks by hand. Don’t try that at home. They bite! This fellow, however, is very placid indeed. In the original English usage, chipmunk was chipMONK.
Monks, huh? Monks are not hermits. No monks on Holy Souls Mountain. Just one hermit. ChipMUNK is just fine as a spelling!