Prairie Dogs Send Zookeeps For Nets After Bold Escape

June 13, 2009

Maryland (ChattahBox) – The staff at the Maryland Zoo were sent scrambling after a new centerpiece exhibit of prairie dogs made a daring (but fruitless) attempt at escape.

According to the Baltimore Sun, the 28 prairie dogs had been placed in a new, $500,000 habitat, a main exhibit that the Maryland Zoo has been boasting about building for some time.

The features like aircraft wire, poured concrete and slick plastic walls, though impressive, was still not enough to hold the more than two dozen rodents, and they quickly set to work climbing up walls, and finding various weaknesses in the containment design.

In the end, nearly all of them escaped, though most seemed only trying to make a point, and used their freedom to take a bit of a nap in the sun, or hang around the general area until the zookeepers were to able to usher them back into their enclosure.

A few, however, were a bit more ambitious, and took off through the park, taking the keepers on a mad dash through the zoo, trying to stop them from getting out into the big world outside the conservatory’s gates.

In the end, they managed to net the few that were trying to get out, but it was a rather eventful morning.

Karl Kranz, the vice president of animal programs, said that despite the trouble of keeping them contained, prairie dogs “are so fun to watch as they play, squabble, groom and bark with others in their colony.”


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One Response to “Prairie Dogs Send Zookeeps For Nets After Bold Escape”

  1. Jane Ballentine on June 15th, 2009 11:21 am

    Hi, I just want to let you know that your story is incorrect. Indeed The Maryland Zoo opened a new prairie dog exhibit last week. However, the prairie dogs did not escape and go running throughout the zoo! As expected the prairie dogs did explore and test the entire exhibit area, including the new fencing and wooden posts. One had a nice view from on top of a wall for a short moment before jumping down into the exhibit with his family. All are safe and sound.
    Thanks and come visit!

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