Photographer's Note

Black-tailed prairie dog (Cynomys ludovicianus). The black-tailed prairie dog is a small, stout ground squirrel. Recent studies suggest that prairie dogs possess the most sophisticated of all natural animal languages. They apparently issue different sounds identifying various predators, which include hawks, owls, eagles, ravens, coyotes, badgers, ferrets and snakes. While the have been known to attack and kill prairie dogs can run up to 35 miles per hour for short distances. The prarie dog has only one defense that works -- raising the alarm and disappearing quickly.

They are apparently much more camera shy than llamas - this one kept turning it's back on me while it was eating and I was trying to snap a shot!

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