Prairie Dog stolen from Tregembo Zoo
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Some young prairie dogs are without their father because of a bizarre robbery. The New Hanover County Sheriff's Office believes two people climbed a fence to break into the Tregembo Zoo Thursday night. Authorities said they broke the lock on the prairie dog cage and stole one of them. Owner, Robert Tregembo, said Willy is different from his fellow prairie dogs. “I'm saying they took Willy because he's tame. He's the only tame one we had on the whole property, he wouldn't bite them. The others, if they grabbed them, they would bite them,” said Tregembo. Deputies found two sets of footprints leading to the prairie dog cage. If you have any information about Willy, you are asked to call the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office at 910-798-4200.

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I can only hope that whoever took him, knows how much care these animals take and assuming they haven't taken him to do him harm, they should know that Prairie Dogs are very social animals, and Willy is going to be scared and upset without his "family". These animals DO grieve, and when they grieve, they tend to lose weight and become irritable. They also have special feeding requirements that I hope and pray the theives have considered. They aren't like having a hampster; they take a special sort of care that not everyone has the time and patience for. Please, if the person who took Willy is reading this, PLEASE find a way to return him. Maybe your motives were to rescue him, but you ARE doing more harm to Willy than I think you've thought through.