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This playful prairie dog was too friendly to be released back to the wild after being rescued

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Peanut the Prairie Dog is gaining popularity online after the Wild West Wildlife Rehabilitation Center (WWRC) posted a bunch of adorable videos on Facebook.

According to WWWRC, Peanut was found wandering around in Amarillo, Texas. When he came into the center's care, Peanut seemed to have already been socialized with humans. As a result, he's been deemed non-releasable.

"We got a call about a prairie dog that was wandering in a neighborhood," WWWRC said. "A lady captured him and placed him in a crate, then called us. When we arrived she told me that her young kids had been playing with him the whole time and how sweet he was. She thought it might have been her neighbors because they had one in their garage but when she asked they said it wasn’t theirs."

"A wild prairie dog would not be this sweet. I would have already lost multiple fingers. He was definitely someone’s pet. You can’t take a prairie dog and just drop it off at a wild colony, because the prairie dogs from that colony would likely kill him."
WWWRC representative

He is now one of the WWWRC's animal ambassadors.

Peanut will be available to meet and pet, along with all the other WWWRC animal ambassadors at the upcoming "Peaches and paws" event in Amarillo, Texas.

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Our affiliate ABC7 in Amarillo, Texas contributed to this story.


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