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“Prairie Who?” is the thirteenth episode of the third season of Wild Kratts, originally airing on PBS Kids on July 9, 2014. Overall, it is the 79th episode of the series. The episode was written and directed by Martin Kratt.
In this episode, the Wild Kratts evacuate the Tortuga and are flung in multiple directions after getting caught in a tornado. As they try to find each other, they get to know the various animals that inhabit the prairie, many of which start with “prairie”.
The episode begins with a live-action segment. The Kratt brothers see the various creatures inhabiting the North American prairies, most of which start with “prairie”. Afterward, they ask their “What if?” question, and the show transitions into the cartoon segment.
The Wild Kratts are singing “Home on the Prairie” (to the tune of “Home on the Range”), while Martin plays the guitar. When they finish, they decide to venture with one of the many creatures of the prairie. They go through a couple of animals when a tornado hits the Tortuga. Unable to escape the pull, everyone believes that they have no choice but to “abandon turtle”. They take various adventure vehicles and try to escape the pull, but the tornado flings everyone into different directions and causing them to crash. Chris sends a message through the air, telling everyone that they all should meet up at a prairie rattlesnake. Aviva receives the message, but the signal is bad. She knows she has to meet up with some creature, but she only got the “prairie” part. Aviva thinks that Chris wants the team to meet up at a prairie chicken. Jimmy gets the same message, but he thinks Chris wants the team to meet up at a “prairie monkey”. Koki also misinterprets the message, thinking that Chris wants everyone to meet up near some prairie dogs. Even Martin gets confused, thinking that Chris expects everyone to find a prairie wolf or a prairie falcon.
Chris sees a prairie rattlesnake after resting on a rock and waits there. On the other side of a stream, Aviva finds a prairie chicken. She sees the bird do a courtship dance, and then, female prairie chickens arrive. On the side of the stream where Chris is, Koki enters a patch of land inhabited by prairie dogs. Meanwhile, Martin finds a prairie falcon and decides to follow it. Jimmy bumps into a tree, but he finds no “prairie monkeys”.
Martin finds Aviva after the prairie falcon swoop-dives to catch prairie chickens. Afterward, they decide to find a prairie wolf. While walking around, one follows them. Once they notice, Martin names it Tracker. They decide to follow him, thinking that they might meet up with Chris and the rest of the team. They meet up with Koki after following Tracker to the prairie dog town.
After a prairie kingsnake eats the prairie rattlesnake, Chris leaves the rock to find another rattlesnake, or else he thinks that the crew will never find him. Chris ends up at a herd of bison. He sees two bison fighting and sneaks behind some grass to get a closer look. Jimmy thinks that he has found a “prairie monkey”, but he trips over some holes and ends up in the middle of the herd. This scares all of the bison, and they stampede. To save him, Chris rides a bison and grabs a hold of him. The stampeding bison then near Martin, Aviva, and Koki. Chris tells everyone to jump on, and Aviva uses a robot arm hidden in her Mobile Invention Kit to place herself, Martin, and Koki onto the bison. Eventually, they approach a wrecked Tortuga. To prevent the bison from further damaging it, Chris and Martin activate their Bison Creature Power Suits. They push the Tortuga right side up, and the rest of the crew gets off the bison.
The show transitions into the concluding live action segment. The Kratt brothers find some bison, and soon after, see a prairie dog and a pronghorn antelope run. Afterward, the Kratt brothers conclude the episode by saying “Keep on creature adventuring; we’ll see you on the creature trail!”
- Coyote (called Prairie wolf): Tracker
- Lesser Prairie Chicken (called Prairie chicken)
- Prairie Rattlesnake
- Black-tailed Prairie Dog (called Prairie dog)
- Prairie Falcon
- Prairie Kingsnake
- American Bison (called Bison and Prairie buffalo)
Live Action Videos
Note: Live action animals are linked to Wikipedia.
- Pronghorn (called Prairie antelope)
Key facts and Creature Moments
- Prairie wolves (coyotes) have spread across the North American continent.
- Prairie dog towns can cover thousands of square miles with millions of prairie dogs.
- Bison are one the heaviest animals on the prairie.
- Prairie falcons can fly as fast as a peregrine falcon.
- Prairie rattlesnakes are venomous, but prairie kingsnakes are resistant to that venom, making them a major predator of prairie rattlesnakes.
- Male prairie chickens perform courtship dances in a lek.
- "Wild Kratts - Prairie Who?." KET. Retrieved July 10, 2014.