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Photo Journal: Winter warm fuzzies

(Mainichi)

Prairie dogs huddle together to keep warm at the Itozu no Mori Zoological Park in Kokurakita Ward in Kitakyushu, Fukuoka Prefecture. The bitterly cold weather in winter means that this time of year is particularly tough for animals that don't like the cold. The prairie dogs seen here are approximately 20 to 40 centimeters in length, but are curled up into balls in order to stay warm. They often scurry around in the outdoor parts of breeding areas. As the temperature drops in winter, however, the length of time they spend indoors increases. According to Akane Furukawa, a keeper at the park, the animals' fur becomes thicker during the winter months, and they often gather underneath ceiling heaters, in an attempt to tackle the cold weather. (Mainichi)

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