Video ID: es2043 Title: Summer Afternoon Prairie Dog Village Location: South Dakota

Prairie Dogs have a special fascination for us because of their human-like postures and behavior.

This sequence begins with a prairie dog family and community being alerted to danger by incessant 'barking' from an off-screen guard.

After a predator runs across the field and immediate danger disappears, things quiet down and normal life - primarily eating plants, seeds and insects - is resumed.

As time goes on, the visible above-ground number increases until more than a dozen are active - one of whom always remains on alert as guard for the group.

As the afternoon fades into a clear twilight, everyone returns to their underground homes.