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Prairie dog is seen on moorland

Goss Moor prairie dog
Linda and Godfrey Stevens saw the animal on the Goss Moor trail

A couple from Cornwall have photographed a prairie dog while they were on a moor in Cornwall.

Linda and Godfrey Stevens were on the Goss Moor trail when they spotted a small furry creature that they could not recognise.

Godfrey Stevens said: "We didn't expect to see anything like that."

Newquay Zoo confirmed the picture was that of a prairie dog. They are mammals from the squirrel family and are from the grasslands of North America.

Mr Stevens said: "We expected to see wild flowers. It was a real surprise for us."

John Meeks from Newquay Zoo said it was a black-tailed prairie dog "without a doubt".

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