Mild weather confuses Drusillas zoo animals

A black tailed prairie dog pops his head out his burrow at Drusillas Park SUS-151011-160728001

A black tailed prairie dog pops his head out his burrow at Drusillas Park SUS-151011-160728001

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The unusually mild weather has led to confusion amongst the black-tailed prairie dogs at Drusillas Park.

During the winter months, prairie dogs normally go into a state of partial hibernation.

They spend most of their time in their underground burrows, living off the fat reserves they have stored up in preparation of the colder weather.

Nevertheless, a mild winter so far has meant the group at Drusillas Park is more active than usual.

They have been spending less time in their burrows and more time above ground.

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