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Training for Sentry Duty


Winlock, United States

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Nikon D300 ~ 80-400mm Nikkor Lens
f 5.6 ~ 1/500s ~ ISO 250
On my recent trip to Africa I spotted this baby meerkat practicing for sentry duty….oh wait, that was in my dreams!!! Actually I only went to Tacoma, Washington (USA) and found this little guy. He is one of 4 babies born earlier this year and already he is playing sentry for the group!! Even though they are only a few months old, they already look like miniature adults. It is only their size that gives away their age. They are still only about one third the size of the adults. These little critters moved about so fast I was lucky just to get a few good shots of them. There was a caretaker in their play area occasionally throwing them a handful of snacks (we won’t go into what those snacks were to protect the squeamish) so they followed him everywhere he went!!
Per Wikipedia
The meerkat or suricate, Suricata suricatta, is a small mammal belonging to the mongoose family. Meerkats live in all parts of the Kalahari Desert in Botswana, in much of the Namib Desert in Namibia and southwestern Angola, and in South Africa. A group of meerkats is called a “mob”, “gang” or “clan”. A meerkat clan often contains about 20 meerkats, but some super-families have 50 or more members. In captivity, meerkats have an average life span of 12–14 years, and about half this in the wild.

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