Prairie Dog Mating Season | Prairie Dog Manor

Prairie Dog Mating Season | Prairie Dog Manor

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NARRATOR: Up in the
highlands, Nash isn’t worried about finding a partner. He’s got plenty of ladies
lined up in his territory. He susses them out, makes
sure they’re in heat, then her burrow becomes
a tunnel of love. [chirping sounds] No, Nash’s problem
isn’t getting the gals, it’s finding the time to
mate with all of them. [chirping sounds] While also attempting to
fend off invading males. [music playing] It’s a delicate balance
between love and war. [music playing] And sometimes, if
he’s lucky, he can accomplish both simultaneously. [chirping sounds] Occasionally, a female will let
Nash get the deal done topside. And out of the burrow copulation
sends a strong message to other males. [chirping sounds] This is my turf. In a perfect, world Nash’s gals
would be devoted only to him. Though in reality,
many prairie dog females will get down
with any warm blooded male that comes along. They want to make sure
they produce babies, and they play the odds. So it’s up to Nash to
keep the ladies loyal. And when he sees a
guy up to no good, he doesn’t always
have to fight him. A stare down can sometimes
be enough to scare him off. Up till now, he’s
done a pretty good job of attending to his girls. In fact, there’s really only
one gal left in his sights. And she’s a real
beauty named Scarlett. Prairie dog males often end
up living near the last female they mate with, and
Nash looks ready to make that kind of commitment. But Scarlett seems
like she wants to take things a little slower. Maybe she’s not ready yet. He’s hoping his attention
will get her in the mood. [chirping sounds] Or not. Looks like you’re going to have
to wait this one out, Nash.

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