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ASK OTUS Otus Rufous, an Eastern Screech-Owl, was born on Siesta Key and is a full-time resident there. An avid hunter, accomplished vocalist and genuine night owl, Otus is a keen observer of our local wildlife and knows many of nature's secrets. Otus will answer your questions about our amazing wildlife, but only if you Ask Otus. So please send your questions and photos to Thank you. PUTTER THE PRAIRIE DOG REMAINS SAFE AND WELL AT SARASOTA JUNGLE GARDENS, WHERE MANY DESERVING ANIMALS CAN BE 'ADOPTED' Dear Readers, from an avid golfer concerned over his course scores — anything over par and he could blame Putter's bumpy tunnels; anything under par, well, that is what he would have shot last year if it had not been for Putter's bumpy tunnels. Sounds squirrely to me! Good grief! What is this fascination with flea-infested rodents? Having disposed of the tree rat (i.e., Eastern Gray Squirrel) in a column published just a couple of weeks ago, I am now asked for an update on Putter the For those lucky readers, who are blissfully unPrairie Dog, a ground rat! This request comes aware of the history of Putter's plight … Putter the Prairie Dog. File photo

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