2003_6_prairiedogs.jpgJust when Gothamist was about to renege on its prior prairie dog statements and consider them "cute," the U.S. government has banned the sale of prairie dogs, for fear of further monkeypox infections; the import of Gambian Giants Rats was also stopped. Gothamist was also reminded that prairie dogs are, in fact, still rodents, rodents with sharp teeth. But, there is news from Wisconsin that monkeypox may spread from person to person, so we'll see if people will be spending their summer in hazmat suits.