Written by Samantha Turner of Montana
I was born and raised in the Fort Collins/Loveland area of Colorado. There is a lake there called Boyd Lake where people can fish, waterski and so on. My sister and I were out boating with our dad when we noticed something moving in the water as we passed. We turned around to see what it was and there was a prairie dog struggling.
It must have been exhausted. It was almost dead center of the lake, which is quite a distance for such a little guy. He was just floating there and occasionally he would try to give a little kick.
We couldn’t just leave him there for fear of him drowning or being hit by a boat, so we used a thick plastic bag we kept our lifejackets in to scoop him out of the water. He didn’t struggle or show any signs of aggression. We kept him in the bag (after dumping the water out of course) and I remember feeling him shake as I held him in the bag. My dad drove to the opposite shore from which we suspect he came. There are a few prairie dog colonies around the lake, but we suspected he came from the side where they were building houses. I got out and walked farther up the shore. I set the bag on the ground and pushed through the bag to get him to go. He was too exhausted to even run, so I sat there with him for a couple of minutes until he finally ran away.
Celebrate With Us!
No, perhaps prairie dogs don’t pray, but if they did they’d probably take a moment to give thanks for rescuers like Samantha. All over the world, everyday animal lovers like her are undertaking extraordinary acts of compassion for animals in distress. Visit The Great Animal Rescue Chase website to read more uplifting, happy endings and don’t forget to check out the incredible work of our international animal rescue partners at the Harmony Fund.