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The South African Meerkat

By Jimbob
I found this little chap at the Norfolk Wildlife Park over the weekend.

The South African Meerkat is a mongoose of the African grasslands. Like other Mongooses, Meerkats hunt with amazing agility. Delicacies such as bugs, lizards, and small rodents prove easy prey for this predator. Meerkats differ from most mongooses because they live in large social communities of more than one family. Using their sharp claws, they dig huge burrows with tunnel systems for the colony. They all watch out for each other, and are often seen on their hind feet with their noses in the air, keeping watch.

Meerkats are one of the few predators in the world to attack with absolutely no warning signs. This hunter's trademark move is the ultimate surprise sneak-attack! Meerkats eat poisonous scorpions by quickly biting off their stingers and then eating the rest!

Comments and critiques are most welcome; thanks for stopping by to view this photo.

Tags: Wildlife and nature

Voters: rusty, sandyb, Big_Beavis and 27 more

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gemeit 16 78 Scotland
23 May 2005 2:46PM
Great expression you have caught there Jim
glazzaro 15 70 23 United States
23 May 2005 2:56PM
Love that expression, I think he was eyeing you for his next meal! Wink Spot on! Click!!!

AngelaR 15 155 United Kingdom
23 May 2005 2:58PM
Really good capture Jim - terrific.
23 May 2005 3:22PM
Excellent capture, detail and presentaion


katieb 16 255 4 United Kingdom
23 May 2005 3:44PM
Scarry chap but well captured.
User_Removed 16 386 2 United Kingdom
23 May 2005 3:46PM
Excellent capture, good detail and composition.

arnieg 16 704 England
23 May 2005 4:13PM
loverly shot great expression love those teeth
23 May 2005 5:38PM
Great portrait, those teeth look rather dangerous. Great detail and presentation.

sandyb 16 34 United Kingdom
23 May 2005 6:34PM
Mighty fine pair of teeth there.,well captured great detail well done sandyb
rusty 17 Canada
23 May 2005 8:05PM
Nice capture, well spotted and presented.
terry_cavner 15 332 United Kingdom
23 May 2005 10:00PM
well taken
ChristineL 15 39 United Kingdom
23 May 2005 10:03PM
What an expression, he looks like something out of a Disney cartoon, well caught,
deavilin 16 352 1 United Kingdom
23 May 2005 11:45PM
lovely (SP?) JimSmile Stunning detail love the teethSmile

24 May 2005 12:05AM
Superb, great knashers he has, lovely detail & colour *Click

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thorn 16 124 2 Scotland
24 May 2005 12:18AM
Hi Jimbo,Superb detail-great teeth,whiskers,tones/colour,lighting.He looks as though he wants to jump over the frame at you.Stunning presentation.Excellent work.Take care.AnnSmile
Thankyou for your kind comments and encouragement,much appreciated.
juliem 15 613
24 May 2005 1:33AM
Lovely shot! Grand show of nippy little teeth there!
johnjrp 16 432 5 Australia
24 May 2005 1:35AM
Great pose. Well taken. click. John
old timer 16 55 1 Scotland
24 May 2005 9:20AM
Nicely captured, Jimbo.
bassan 17 15
24 May 2005 12:58PM
good shot
obz_uk 16 1 United Kingdom
24 May 2005 3:47PM
very well captured..

Portknockie 16 48 Scotland
26 May 2005 10:08AM
What a great face Jim,Beautiful detail and a great shot.

cameragirl 16 43 United Kingdom
31 May 2005 12:46AM
Great shot. Love its expression!
TeresaH 15 1.1k United Kingdom
8 Jun 2005 5:02AM
Ahh, lets give him an RC Badge!

Teresa Smile

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