October 22, 2011

Putterin' Around

Putter
This adorable little fellow is Putter, the famous prairie dog. He became famous after he was spotted living in the wild at Bobby Jones Golf Club several months ago and was featured on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams. A local radio station held a name-the-prairie-dog contest --- and, voila -- here's Putter! Putter's living arrangement at the course was a bit problematic, though.  Besides burrowing his way around part of the course (a la 'Caddy Shack'), he was in harm's way with the local (hungry) hawks, eagles and gators (not to mention flying golf balls). So, the city teamed up with a local animal attraction, Sarasota Jungle Gardens, to relocate him. He's now safe and sound and sharing his quarters with two other prairie dogs: Porkchop and Bob.
Putter
It seems Putter is ready for his close up!  By the way, prairie dogs are not indigenous to Florida. It's thought he was someone's pet and, unfortunately, was released into the wild. He's livin' the good life now, though!  

9 comments:

Kathy said...

Cute little fella!

We are: clamco said...

Putter, Porkchop and Bob! lol! It sounds like the name of a morning radio show. Gosh is he cute!

Greensboro Daily Photo said...

Don't you just love a happy ending? Glad he didn't discover our eggplant. We've got a groundhog on the trail of our end-of-season veggies.

Jack said...

Lots of pets find their way into the wild. This little guy has pretty extravagant tastes.

L.D. said...

Love that bottom photo. I don't think I've ever seen a prairie dog but they look a lot like squirrels minus the giant tail

Dina said...

I had heard about this guy. Cute pictures of him. I need to try and get down there this fall.

Steven said...

How cute! I don't know if we should tell him or not, but he definitely should be shot in profile from now on! Clearly, he wasn't starving out there on the golf course.

sweffling said...

So THAT'S what a prairie dog looks like. Good for the folks who took him in and found him a home:)

Ali - Scituate Daily Photo said...

Well, hello there, Putter!