Just seen this on Yahoo News. Four people in Wisconsin have been infected with Monkeypox virus from pet Prarie Dogs. It said it's the first time that this virus has hit the Western Hemisphere. Here's the link: Monkey Virus
Prairie dogs are native here and I don't think that one would be happy, in captivity.
The Desert Museum has a huge prairie dog town and people will spend hours, watching them play. The new babies emerged from the nests, within the past two weeks and they are SO cute. These prairie dogs are in a natural habitat and don't know that they're captive.