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Caring husband

Caring husband
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Copyright: Gerhard Theron (gerhardt) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1936 W: 244 N: 4106] (11620)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-10-10
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Tamron AF70-300mm LD, Hoya skylight (1B)
Exposure: f/8, 1/30 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Mammals of Southern Africa [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-10-10 17:19
Viewed: 4680
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Meerkat (Suricata suricatta)

Full factsheet in a previous post here.

After a gestation period of about 11 weeks, meerkats give birth to a litter of 2-4 cubs. They are born blind and hairless. After several days, they are weaned and the mother goes out to hunt. The young will stay in the burrow until they are between 2 and 4 weeks old. They start solid food at about 6 weeks. Once mature, young males will often leave to start their own colonies.

Fun facts on Meerkat romance
Alpha male and female do most of the breeding. Breeding season: October-April in the wild. Year-round in captivity. Various adults will baby-sit the youngsters while the mother feeds. Sexually mature at one year.

This male was so protective of the young and the mother. You should have seen him. whenever I changed my angle to get another POV of them he followed me always staying close to them and looking at me very watchfully. They are so cute.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-10-10 17:22]

WOW I love this! This is one of those special moments that you caught and you did so very well. This is going to my favourites.

Thanks for posting this beauty

Gerhard\This is a beautiful scene of these unusual animals. Great job.

ils ont l'aire vraiment paisibles et heureux.......
tres belle photo tant au niveau compostion que qualite.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-10-11 5:50]

Great picture Gerhard. I love the doleful look on his face. Great pose and very well seen. Note is super.

A good family group Gerhard, I like the way he's checking you out, one or two bright spots on her and the youngsters which could do with dulling down a fraction. but other wise a very good picture.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-10-11 9:07]

Bonita imagen familiar de estos animales siempre simpáticos... y más con sus crías de esta forma.
Bella composicion con el detalle de la mirada del adulto que es realmente expresiva.

Pretty familiar image of these always likeable animals... and more with their young of this form.
Beautiful composition with the detail of the glance of the adult who is really expressive.

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2004-10-11 13:25]

Now this is way past cute alert, Just vrek oulik! Jy kan hulle stukkend druk!
daar is nie 'n kans dat ek onvert sal word nie, daar is net te veel voëlies om te skiet

Perfect family shot, you say the guy was very protective, but I think he is not very nervous with your presence. Thanks for posting.

A great moment you capture Gerhard.
Nice colours , good details and very nice compo.
Good note.
Very well done.

Lovely image, gerhard. Nice capture of interaction between members of this family. Great!!

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2004-10-13 10:33]

sweet Gerhard,
Very plessand photo. Ik ben gek op die beestjes, weet je. Erg goed genomen, uitstekend werk

Hermoso!! Lindo!!! Qué ternura muestras nuestros hermanos menores.

I just love the meerkats - they are so human-like and cute to watch. You captured a precious moment here with the hubby having a watchful eye on intrusive photographers :-) The youngsters are very well captured, too. An adorable family scene, Gerhard, thanks for sharing.

C'est une magnifique photo de famille !

nice family, TFS Ori

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