Escape of the Prairiedogs

Arnoud van den Heuvel
June 15th 2009

escape of the prairiedogs
"It took just 10 minutes for a dozen prairie dogs to outwit the creators of the Maryland Zoo's new $500,000 habitat. Aircraft wire, poured concrete and slick plastic walls proved no match for the fast-footed rodents, the stars of a new exhibit that opens today [June 12, 2009].
As officials were promoting the return of the zoo's 28 prairie dogs - their former digs had been out of sight in a closed section of the animal preserve for more than four years - some of the critters found ways to jump, climb and get over the walls of their prairie paradise, a centerpiece exhibit just inside the zoo's main entrance.
None got away, but for a few anxious minutes, they found every weakness in the enclosure built to hold them. (...)
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Prairiedogs may very well be the last creatures on earth laughing in the face of human world-domination.

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