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Old 04-23-2009, 08:33 AM
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My husband has lunch at a closed off habitat made for prairie dogs and he took some adorable pictures of the babies! I have never seen prairie dogs myself, but he works in another city and I'm happy to see that that city is supporting this and actually built that habitat for them:



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AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW! Those little guys are SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO cute!
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Here's an article about the prarie dog park:

http://bigcountryhomepage.com/conten...ext/?cid=96152

Supplemental Nutrition for Redbub Prairie Dogs

Reported by: KTAB Newsroom

Friday, Jan 23, 2009 @10:09am CST

A particularly dry spell this fall and winter has left little vegetation for some Redbud Park residents to graze on. So the 100 to 200 prairie dogs at Redbud get supplemental nutrition including veggies and alfalfa from the city of Abilene. "When it has been dry for some time, their natural vegetation can be scarce so we scatter a bale of alfalfa around the enclosure three times a week," said Bob Cheatham, Abilene parks superintendent. "We consult with the Abilene Zoo to make sure we are giving them the type of food and nutrition they need."



Since Oct. 14, the city has recorded only 0.20 of an inch of rain. Average rainfall over that span would be more than 2 inches.

At about $15 per bale, the city spends about $180 dollars a month -- for a couple of months -- to feed the prairie dogs. Food is not the only issue -- prairie dogs get most of their water from leafy plants. To supplement water, the colony's enclosure has several troughs and, Cheatham said, area grocery stores donate produce that is to be thrown out. "We only get produce once or twice a week, but it definitely helps give them a natural source of water," he said. Cheatham also said when conditions get too dry the enclosure has an irrigation system, but it is only used during months grass and vegetation will grow.

The enclosed habitat was included as part of the park design to contain the prairie dog colony and prevent the rodents from getting into the surrounding residential areas.

There's no way to get an exact county of prairie dogs in the colony, but estimates are 100 to 200, Cheatham said.
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awww, they are soooo cute!
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