Largest zoo in South West gets new arrivals

PUBLISHED: 14:00 21 July 2019

Prairie dog pups have been seen emerging from underground tunnels at Noah�s Ark Zoo Farm. Picture: Noah�s Ark Zoo Farm

Prairie dog pups have been seen emerging from underground tunnels at Noah�s Ark Zoo Farm. Picture: Noah�s Ark Zoo Farm

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New arrivals have been spotted at a Wraxall zoo.

Prairie dog pups have been seen emerging from underground tunnels at Noah�s Ark Zoo Farm. Picture: Noah�s Ark Zoo FarmPrairie dog pups have been seen emerging from underground tunnels at Noah�s Ark Zoo Farm. Picture: Noah�s Ark Zoo Farm

Prairie dog pups have been seen emerging from underground tunnels in their enclosure for the first time.

At least 13 have been spotted by staff of Noah's Ark Zoo Farm, in Clevedon Road.

Prairie dogs, native to the Americas, give birth in underground tunnels.

They emerge from their homes six weeks after birth.

Prairie dog pups have been seen emerging from underground tunnels at Noah�s Ark Zoo Farm. Picture: Noah�s Ark Zoo FarmPrairie dog pups have been seen emerging from underground tunnels at Noah�s Ark Zoo Farm. Picture: Noah�s Ark Zoo Farm

They live in complex networks of tunnels which they dig themselves and each tunnel has various openings and raised entrances to protect the town, where multiple groups of prairie families live, from the elements and gives them extra height when on the lookout from predators.

Despite the name, prairie dogs are not canines and are named for their habitat and warning call, which sounds similar to a dog's bark.

The babies have been delighting visitors and staff as they are very active and playful.

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