Oliver the Prairie Dog Joins Peanut & Penelope at the Wild West Wildlife Rehab Center


They’re six members short of becoming the Brady Bunch, but it doesn’t mean they don’t have the bond of your average blended family. 

You may remember Peanut and Penelope with the Wild West Wildlife Rehab Center. 

They’re the beloved prairie dogs here in our area winning the hearts of many but their household has grown from a family of two to three.

“So Oliver is about five months old and he came to us from the pet trade. Somebody purchased him from somebody else and they didn’t really give good instructions on how to care for him, she didn’t really know if she was doing the right thing. He wasn’t thriving too well,” said Stephanie Oravetz, Wild West Wildlife Rehabilitation Center Executive Director.  

Oravetz said Oliver’s former owner believes he was taken from his burrow and sold. The little orphan needed a home and Oravetz said she couldn’t say no.

“And so she said can you guys please take him and let him join Peanut and Penelope. So we have. And Oliver has been with us now for a few months and he’s doing fantastic,” said Oravetz.  

Having Peanut the protector, Penelope the prima donna and this playful pup, you may be wondering how can all these prairie dog personalities mesh so well.

Well, it didn’t take long.

Oravetz said when they first got Oliver he was about two months and was too small to fit into his current cage. 

She said they got the idea for his name from Oliver Twist, the novel by Charles Dickens about an orphaned boy named Oliver. 

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