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Prairie dog kisses may hold key to relocation survival

Prairie dogs are sometimes a nuisance for developers and farmers. There’s a program that relocates the prairie dogs rather than kill them.

But the burrowing rodents don’t often do well after they’re moved. As Jill Ryan of KJZZ reports, new research shows that their greeting kisses may help them survive.

This article was originally published on WBUR.org.

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A prairie dog (Professor Jennifer Verdolin/University of Arizona)
A prairie dog (Professor Jennifer Verdolin/University of Arizona)