Black-tailed Prairie Dog sentinel

Black-tailed Prairie Dog sentinel

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Credit: MARTIN SHIELDS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: This Black-tailed Prairie Dog (Cynomys ludovicianus) is exhibiting predator vigilance behavior. The animals take turns in their colonies being the sentinel who watches for approaching predators. When scouting for predators the prairie dogs stand rigidly still and upright.

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