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Battle over burrows

A male Burrowing Owl and a Prairie Dog face off over the rights to an underground home. Very fun to watch this interaction.

These two creatures have a very symbiotic relationship and normally get along great. The owls use abandoned Prairie Dogs’ burrows and they both share watch duties keeping all safe from intruders by sounding alarms when danger approaches.

The pair of Burrowing Owls at this spot though was very protective of their clan and did not like it when any type of creature intruded. In this case, the owl was being a bit over-protective. Its burrow was actually about 20 yards away and all this Prairie Dog was doing was wanting to return to its own home.

Thankfully for the Prairie Dog, the owls don’t sit for long so it just waited till the owl moved on and then it reclaimed its home.

A Burrowing Owl and a Prairie Dog have a discussion about the rights to a burrow. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Burrowing Owl and a Prairie Dog have a discussion about the rights to a burrow. (© Tony’s Takes)

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