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|This is a meerkat (obviously!) in a somewhat unusual pose....usually, they are seen upright looking very alert either on the ground or on a pile of rocks. This one was scratching about in the sand, but still alert, as you can see.|
Meerkats are small mammals from Africa who are most closely related to the Mongoose family. They form groups in order to survive because they are very susceptible to larger predators, which include birds of prey, jackals, snakes and other carnivores. Each member of the group take turns at guard duty, perching at high vantage points scanning the area for any sign of a predator.
The kits are born blind and hairless after a gestation period of around 11 weeks, but are weaned within a month and reach adult size at 6 months. They are fully mature at 12 months old and have a general life expectancy of 10 years.
A meerkat's diet includes insects, lizards, frogs, small mammals and various roots and fruits. They have developed immunity to scorpion stings that can paralyse a grown man or kill a small child.
Taken at Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park in Devon.
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These guys are always such characters and make natural photographic models. It would have worked better as a photo if the meerkat was looking directly at you, and the photo could be a little sharper.
- [2005-08-24 14:05]
I love them, the are such a good models, the photo is nice, but I think when you take some time with this animals, you can make much better compositions as this one. I know them because I made a lot of good photo of this meercats. The look is very nice. The eyes are important on such shots. anyway I like it,
Well done on a great shot. Sorry this is rushed, almost out of battery power on my note book. Well done. Thanks.
- [2005-08-26 3:47]
Very nice image Vicky ! This little guy is good for camouflage ! Keep shooting !