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Can you spot the live meerkat in this photo?
Meerkats (Suricata suricatta) have always had their fans. They may look a bit like ferrets, but they are not in the weasel family with ferrets. These members of the mongoose family are native to Africa and gained special fame through the television show “Meerkat Manor” that aired from 2005 to 2008 on Animal Planet. But that’s not going to be all they’re known for, thanks to the Internet.
I think part of the charm of meerkats is their alertness. As members of a clan, some are always on watch for predators while others forage and do other work. It’s always amusing to see anyone fighting to stay awake, but it’s even more amusing for such a usually alert animal.