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Zoo communication

Duration: 02:25

Prairie dogs are America's answer to the meerkat - small, sociable and exceptionally cute. This offbeat film narrated by Rob Brydon takes us to the Wild West where prairie dogs live in huge colonies known as 'towns'. Like meerkats, they are comical to watch, but there is a whole lot more to prairie dogs than just being cute - they can talk.

For 30 years Professor Con Slobodchikoff has been recording their calls in response to predators like coyotes, hawks and badgers. He believes he has discovered a language second only to humans in its complexity. It's a bold claim but is he right? Con has devised a series of cunning field experiments to help prove his point.

Available since: Mon 1 Feb 2010

Credits

Narrator
Rob Brydon
Producer
Stephen Dunleavy

This clip is from

Natural World 2009-2010, Prairie Dogs - Talk of the Town

12/14 Documentary following a professor studying the complex language used by prairie dogs.

First broadcast: 03 Feb 2010

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