Prairie Dog Play

As much as I appreciate the chubbiness of their cheeks and the way they chirp I usually don’t spend too much time with the prairie dogs. Since they’re so still, I usually want to move on incase I miss the behavior of a more active animal. Today, however a handful of them were active.

It started innocently enough, with groups of two grooming one another. Then, grooming turned to play and the two groups clumped into one.

The two groups began to play together.

The two groups began to play together.

Then, as the play got rougher, one fell over. I wasn’t sure if it had been pushed over, but considering that other prairie dogs had gotten momentarily stuck in holes I guessed it wasn’t intentional.

The praire dog stayed their like a lady bug for a moment before getting back up.

The prairie dog stayed there like a lady bug for a moment before getting back up.

When the prairie dog got up, they began forming more of a line. They played for a little longer before forming pairs again and as fast as prairie dogs can move they scampered away.

The prarie dog gets up and play resumes.

The prairie dog gets up and play resumes.

the prarie dogs begin to seperate into two groups.

the prairie dogs begin to separate into two groups.

The play had been short-lived, but it had been the most I’d seen prairie dogs move in a while.

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