Meerkat… or Suricate, who knew that ?

A call from my son to let me know that three young meerkats had been spotted in a certain area had me dashing to get my camera and rush over there… and it was a rewarding dash.

The meerkat can become very tame and accepts human proximity fairly quickly… where these three came from no one seems to know, but they seem quite self sufficient as I witnessed them feeding…

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they are veracious eaters and I witnessed many a beetle, centipede and even a frog being devoured.

They soon accepted my presence and even moved around with me when I moved. In fact I wish there had of been another photographer with me. One sat next to me on my camera bag and posed as though he wanted to take over the sentries duties. In the wild there can be up to 30 of these meerkats in a “mob” “gang” or “clan” and when feeding one will always be on sentry duty for about an hour before another takes over…

It is almost as though I became part of the clan and when seeking shade they did the same…

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But this little guy was quite keen to perform the sentry duty…

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Sorry folks I’m going to bombard you with photos of these little ones for a short while as I took nearly 900 photos and when deleting the “baddies” I expected it to come down to 200 odd photos, but the new camera is too good it only came down to 598 …. much better odds than my old camera… now I have to learn it is not necessary to take so many with the new camera…

but 900 photos in a two hour period is not too bad… an average of 1 every 8 seconds… what was I doing the other 7 seconds ??????