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Tiny additions to the Saginaw Children's Zoo

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Credit: Saginaw Children's Zoo Credit: Saginaw Children's Zoo
Credit: Saginaw Children's Zoo Credit: Saginaw Children's Zoo
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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

There are some tiny new additions to the Saginaw Children’s Zoo.

At least three prairie dog pups have been spotted in the enclosure, and officials said they must be at least five weeks old.

“We are elated to have babies in the Zoo, we had some suspicions, and are excited to be able to confirm that the pups are here”, said Director Nancy Parker. “They are an adorable new addition”

Prairie dogs are born hairless and blind, with fur starting to grow within three weeks. Their eyes open at around five weeks, and that’s when they start to leave their nesting burrows.

They’re a type of ground squirrel, but get their name from the alert noise that they make, which is similar to the bark of a small dog.

The animals are highly social and range from south-central Canada through the United States to the north-east part of Mexico.

You can check out the new additions yourself by heading to the zoo open daily from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. until Oct. 6.

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