North Somerset zoo receives animals native to Mexico and America

PUBLISHED: 14:00 11 June 2018 | UPDATED: 12:08 12 June 2018

Prairie dogs will share their enclosure with a wild rabbit. Picture: Noah�s Ark Zoo Farm

Prairie dogs will share their enclosure with a wild rabbit. Picture: Noah�s Ark Zoo Farm

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A group of prairie dogs native to Mexico and America have arrived at a Wraxall zoo.

Prairie dogs will share their enclosure with a wild rabbit. Picture: Noah�s Ark Zoo FarmPrairie dogs will share their enclosure with a wild rabbit. Picture: Noah�s Ark Zoo Farm

The ground squirrels are the latest animals to be transferred to Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm, in Clevedon Road.

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The rodents live in large colony groups, known as towns, and members greet each other with kisses.

They form extensive burrows underground to provide safe areas to sleep at night and to give birth to their young.

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Prairie dogs will spend most of the day above ground feeding on grasses, while young pups are very playful and often spend their time play fighting with the other pups.

The colony at the zoo will share their enclosure with a wild rabbit warren and the zoo is hoping to set up small camera traps to catch the two species interacting.


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