By Michael Scott
A pair of lovable prairie dogs have been captured hugging each other in a sequence of adorable photos.
Christine Hadfield, 62, from Mansfield, County Durham – who has been capturing wildlife images for seven years – took the images last month.
She added: “I took the photos of the prairie dogs in Denver, Colorado, at the start of May this year.
“The photos show the loving relationship between the mother and the young pup.
“Some of the other youngsters are pestering their mum as they are hungry and want to be fed.
“They are very cute to watch and I love the interaction with the babies and parents.”