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There was a radio call. A guest noticed that a zoo map had ended up in the prairie dog exhibit. I was nearby so I went over to check. Sure enough, there it was. I waited for Children's Zoo staff to arrive.

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Before they did, one of the prairie dogs made short work of the map. A guest said "he shouldn't eat that!" I told her not to worry, that the rodent was shredding the map to turn it into nesting material.

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The prairie dog crumpled up the shreds of map and disappeared down a burrow with them. Nice comfy paper nest coming up!

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urbpan
Apr. 25th, 2015 10:34 pm (UTC)
"Gopher" is one of those imprecise words, meaning something different depending on where you go. I looked up wildlife of Toronto and didn't find any of the usual suspects that fit that name. Prairie dogs are in the squirrel family, and so fit the shape and appearance of many other burrowing squirrels. I don't suppose you have a picture of your local gophers?
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urbpan
Apr. 26th, 2015 08:41 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a woodchuck (groundhog; marmota monax). Prairie dogs and woodchucks are fairly similar, the main difference being that prairie dogs are highly social, living in large groups, while woodchucks are solitary.

elainetyger
Apr. 30th, 2015 02:37 am (UTC)
I love when emergencies turn out to be nothing; bonus points if they're photogenic.
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