The zoo’s prairie dog exhibit has a reason for excitement: a fluffy, cute new pup surfaced last week! Zoo keepers first spotted the youngster on June 24, but based on the baby’s size they estimate that he or she was born some time in April.
Zoo keepers suspected that a baby had been born when the town (group of prairie dogs) suddenly became elusive and began spending most of the day underground. Zoo keeper Helena Lacey has observed the pup above-ground and reported that the little one is taking an interest in solid food. Lacey stated that zoo keepers have not been able to determine whether the baby is male or female.
Now that the pup has surfaced, zoo staff is hopeful that the town will spend more time above ground. The new baby is fairly easy to discern from the adults. He or she is extra-fluffy and still smaller than the others. Here’s a handy “field guide” for pup identification:
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Video by zoo keeper Helena Lacey:
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