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6 animals with strong family bonds

By: Ali Berman on July 6, 2015, 3:35 p.m.
A family of prairie dogs on a grassy field

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​Prairie dogs

Prairie dogs live in family groups that typically consist of a male, multiple females and their offspring. According to National Geographic, these adorable and social rodents build extensive underground dwellings fully equipped with separate areas for sleeping, going to the bathroom and for nurseries. So, not only do they all live together in a similar housing style as us humans, they also share food, groom one another and help keep other prairie dogs away. And just like people, they talk to each other. By using their short barks, prairie dogs can convey information about a predator like its species, color, size, direction and speed, says professor Con Slobodchikoff of Northern Arizona University. If they can say that much about predators, we wonder what they say inside their tunnels! We also know that they kiss and nuzzle one another to show affection.