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Unread post by leopardspotter » Sun Oct 09, 2005 8:16 pm

Meerkat (Suricata suricatta)

I'v seen many meerkats at addo a few years ago, they are such energetic little animals always keeping an eye out for preditors. It is very interesting waching them trying to find food(scorpions) in the boiling hot sand of Addo as others look after the kids at home :lol: Its a pitty there isnt any in Kruger :!:
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Unread post by DuQues » Fri Jul 14, 2006 3:38 pm

Meerkat pups do not learn how to eat dangerous animals such as scorpions on their own but are taught by adults, scientists have discovered. Researchers found that adults bring dead animals to the youngest pups.

As pups get older, helpers disable live prey for them; finally they coax the youngsters to hunt for themselves.
Writing in the journal Science, the scientists suggest meerkats are only the second non-human animal species found to teach its young actively.

The only other clear demonstration of teaching behaviour in species other than Homo sapiens is, they say, the finding reported earlier this year that ants can help their fellows locate food.

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Unread post by anne-marie » Sat Sep 30, 2006 10:10 pm

I saw some meerkat in the Kalahari (Botswana part) 2 years ago
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Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Sat Sep 30, 2006 11:43 pm

I love the little critters.
On our last trip to Rietvlei, for our forum meet, we saw what we thought were Meercat.

In terms of Meercat, we have a very active rescue group close to where I live.
Once on one of my runs, I met up with someone who was trying to give a rescue animal a home. The biggest problem was, that everytime an aeroplane flew over head, the Meercat would dive for cover.
The other problem was, the Meercat had demolished every carpet.
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Unread post by eladn » Sun Jun 10, 2007 7:01 pm

Saw one near the park home inside the Mata Mata camp.

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Unread post by Peter Betts » Sat Apr 19, 2008 9:52 pm

I just love these little guys
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Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Sun Apr 20, 2008 5:30 am

oh my goodness PB,
that is just too delightful
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Unread post by shangri-la » Thu Oct 16, 2008 5:35 pm

Hi all

can you see the Meercat in Kruger park ??? :doh:
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Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Fri Oct 17, 2008 5:01 am

No, they are not in the Kruger Park, Shangri-la.

You do however get the Banded Mongoose and the Dwarf Mongoose in the Kruger that are social and high on the cuteness factor. The Dwarf Mongoose, in particular, are very inquisitive little creatures.

There are some delightful pictures of Banded Mongoose on Ecojunkie's thread.
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Unread post by Yolandé Oelsen » Fri Oct 17, 2008 4:01 pm

Stunning photo's everyone :clap:

My moms neighbour has a meerkat as a pet :big_eyes: Can you believe it?
Dont know where she got him, rather didnt ask. But she had to get a permit. A while ago however she had to take him to the vet to remove his canines. And now the lady still cant walk bearfoot, as he recently decided he like toes. He runs around with her small dogs , lies in the sun during the day, sleeps on her bed at night. And trust me, NO thieve will dare enter into their yard - even without canines HE BITES!

The first time he bit the lady, she had to get a Tetanus injection and now the poor meerkat has had all his vaccinations :roll:

Wild animals should rather remain in the wild. Not used as pets, doesn't matter how cute they are. Anyway that's my opinion
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Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Sat Oct 18, 2008 6:17 am

Yolande, I agree with you there.

I once met someone walking a Meercat on a lead. She had "taken it on" after the owners had been unable to cope. In their defence, it had been an orphan.

She told me that she no longer had a garden, carpets or reasonable furniture. As we were talking a plane flew overhead and the little creature went into a panic and tried to dive for cover, as his instinct told him, "danger, eagle".
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Unread post by Yolandé Oelsen » Mon Nov 10, 2008 10:55 am

Great photo DQ!! :clap: :clap:

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Unread post by Emily86 » Tue Nov 18, 2008 1:10 am

Just came across a little trivia- apparently the german name for meerkat is erdmannchen which means little earth men!
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Unread post by Mike1916 » Wed Nov 19, 2008 5:41 pm

wow amazing pic DQ!!! :clap: :clap:

I have unfortunately never been able to photograph a Meerkat, but they are such wonderful creatures!
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Unread post by lion queen » Thu Nov 09, 2017 3:59 pm

Sjoe four years of no posts!!

Lets get some cuteness overload!!!

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