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Wed Apr 9, 2014, 12:54 AM

Baby meerkats in Botswana

OMG! The cuteness!
















more:
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/gallery/2014/apr/08/baby-meerkats-in-botswana-in-pictures




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Reply Baby meerkats in Botswana (Original post)
onestepforward Apr 2014 OP
SunSeeker Apr 2014 #1
longship Apr 2014 #2
asjr Apr 2014 #3
sarge43 Apr 2014 #4
treestar Apr 2014 #5
sinkingfeeling Apr 2014 #6
rwsanders Apr 2014 #11
Solly Mack Apr 2014 #7
cntrygrl Apr 2014 #8
The Velveteen Ocelot Apr 2014 #9
Behind the Aegis Apr 2014 #12
passiveporcupine Apr 2014 #16
FarrenH Apr 2014 #23
The Velveteen Ocelot Apr 2014 #24
TDale313 Apr 2014 #26
ScootersPixiePie Apr 2014 #10
jmondine Apr 2014 #13
Skittles Apr 2014 #14
passiveporcupine Apr 2014 #15
Brigid Apr 2014 #17
FarrenH Apr 2014 #22
surrealAmerican Apr 2014 #18
rudolph the red Apr 2014 #19
840high Apr 2014 #20
FarrenH Apr 2014 #21
4bucksagallon Apr 2014 #25

Response to onestepforward (Original post)

Wed Apr 9, 2014, 02:48 AM

1. Squeeeeeeee!

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Response to onestepforward (Original post)

Wed Apr 9, 2014, 03:00 AM

2. One can never have enough baby meerkats. R&K nt

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Response to longship (Reply #2)

Wed Apr 9, 2014, 03:09 AM

3. I wish I could have an entire clan. I love them.

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Response to onestepforward (Original post)

Wed Apr 9, 2014, 08:40 AM

4. Third picture: "Mom! Can I keep 'im, pleeeeeeeze?" n/t

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Response to onestepforward (Original post)

Wed Apr 9, 2014, 08:41 AM

5. They are tiny!

Love the one with the camera.

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Response to onestepforward (Original post)

Wed Apr 9, 2014, 09:12 AM

6. Who knew that baby meerkats were into photography? (Picture 4)

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Reply #6)

Wed Apr 9, 2014, 01:25 PM

11. Of course, they're trying to get a picture to contribute to the Sunday LOL cats

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Response to onestepforward (Original post)

Wed Apr 9, 2014, 09:25 AM

7. Adorable vicious meerkats!

Love them!

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Response to onestepforward (Original post)

Wed Apr 9, 2014, 09:26 AM

8. Those are so darn cute ..... cute overload.

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Response to onestepforward (Original post)

Wed Apr 9, 2014, 10:27 AM

9. Cute little guys. Are baby meerkats called meerkittens?

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #9)

Wed Apr 9, 2014, 01:33 PM

12. I thik the babies would be "merecittens."

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Reply #12)

Wed Apr 9, 2014, 03:50 PM

16. perfect

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #9)

Fri Apr 11, 2014, 06:57 AM

23. The pedant in me had to immediately google

for the correct name for mongoose babies, since meerkats aren't cats, but a species of social mongoose. Couldn't find one. So what the hell, "meerkittens" works. They were misnamed meerkats in the first place because of mistaken identification anyway ("kat" is Afrikaans/Dutch for "cat"

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Response to FarrenH (Reply #23)

Fri Apr 11, 2014, 09:57 AM

24. Wouldn't mongoose babies be "mongoslings"?

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Response to FarrenH (Reply #23)

Fri Apr 11, 2014, 11:49 PM

26. I believe for meerkats it's pup.

I got results googling meerkat cub and babies, too, but pup seemed to have the most official looking results. (It's kinda what I remembered from occasionally watching "meerkat manor" too)

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Response to onestepforward (Original post)

Wed Apr 9, 2014, 11:17 AM

10. awwww

Totes adorbs.
i want a clan of 'em.

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Response to onestepforward (Original post)

Wed Apr 9, 2014, 02:44 PM

13. Pictures 1 and 5 are babies. The one on the photograper is an adult.

Just sayin'. I'm an animal geek.

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Response to onestepforward (Original post)

Wed Apr 9, 2014, 03:06 PM

14. omg I that guy is so hot

yes INDEED

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Response to onestepforward (Original post)

Wed Apr 9, 2014, 03:46 PM

15. I'd trade meerkats for the moles in my lawn any day!

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Response to onestepforward (Original post)

Wed Apr 9, 2014, 04:10 PM

17. They're very cute and fun to watch.

Last edited Thu Apr 10, 2014, 08:43 PM - Edit history (1)

But they can also be vicious little things. Have you ever seen "Meerkat Manor?"

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Response to Brigid (Reply #17)

Thu Apr 10, 2014, 06:56 PM

22. That's what you took away from Meerkat Manor?

It made me fall in love with them

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Response to onestepforward (Original post)

Wed Apr 9, 2014, 07:57 PM

18. The camera loves them ...

... and they love the camera: what could be better?

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Response to onestepforward (Original post)

Wed Apr 9, 2014, 08:20 PM

19. OMG I love those photos

 

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Response to rudolph the red (Reply #19)

Wed Apr 9, 2014, 08:42 PM

20. ....

 

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Response to onestepforward (Original post)

Thu Apr 10, 2014, 06:54 PM

21. I saw them in real life for the first time last year

Sadly, not in their natural environment but in a very large enclosure at a wildlife park outside Johannesburg (the one where "Lion Whisperer" Kevin Richardson used to work). They're as animated in real life as I imagined from Meerkat Manor, so that's not just selective editing. Since they're well fed at the park, they just play all the time. My nephew's girlfriend put her hand down into the enclosure and a whole mob of them came to investigate, taking turns to sniff it. It made me sad, seeing them restricted like that. I've never really liked zoos and although the park has much bigger enclosures than an urban zoo for most of the animals (the main attraction being lions, who have several acres to roam), it's still restrictive. Still, such charming, funny animals in real life. I could have stood there watching them play for hours. Seeing the meerkats was a bigger highlight than seeing the lions.

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Response to onestepforward (Original post)

Fri Apr 11, 2014, 09:27 PM

25. They look similar to the mongoose that always were frequenting garbage heaps in Vietnam......

Good at killing snakes, insects and rodents, wish I had a couple of them for the cobras and other venomous snakes that infrequently show up here.

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