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Photographer Captures Adorably Shy Meerkat Baby, Ends Up Taking Pictures Of Entire Family

Photographer Captures Adorably Shy Meerkat Baby, Ends Up Taking Pictures Of Entire Family

 On a recent visit to Inokashira Natural Cultural Park in Musashino City, Tokyo, the animal lover came across an adorable meerkat family with newborn pups, one of whom seemed a little shy for the camera.

A Japanese photographer shared some really adorable pictures of a very shy meerkat baby on Twitter. User mamekoro51 seems to have a passion for capturing animals in their natural habitat, as it is evident from their Twitter handle, and needless to say, they're too cute, and it seems like the photographer has the best job in the world.

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 On a recent visit to Inokashira Natural Cultural Park in Musashino City, Tokyo, the animal lover came across an adorable meerkat family with newborn pups, one of whom seemed a little shy for the camera.

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The pup peered cautiously from behind a wall, seemingly afraid at first. It was probably wondering what the camera was, and why it was being pointed towards it. However, after it figured out the camera was harmless, the meerkat pup made its way out from its hiding place, step-by-step, to say hello, and as expected, people are just LOVING it!

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Even though meerkats are known for being extremely cooperative and adorable, there's so much more to these small carnivorans in the mongoose family native to Africa, according to Mother Nature Network. Their scientific name is Suricata suricatta, and they are omnivorous. 

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They aren't loners; meerkats basically like to live in big groups. Do you know what these groups are called? They're known as a mob or a gang. This can be as many as 50 animals, but usually, they stick together in a sizable group of  10-15 individuals. These mobs have around several families with one dominant meerkat present in each family. 

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Everyone helps out when they're a part of the mob, be it to collect food, watch for predators or even take care of the babies. Those on the lookout will let out a shrill alarm if they notice any danger, and the group quickly hides.  

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Meerkats are known to be extroverts and can be quite chatty. They are said to have at least 10 different vocalizations. Females tend to be more vocal than males. Some of their sounds include "murmurs, threatening growls and spits, scolding clucks and a defensive alarm bark," reports the National Zoo

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They are also known to keep a watch for birds of prey. So afraid of them, that these young meerkats often mistake airplanes for birds, and take cover.  Their sharp eyes can spot an eagle from more than 1,000 feet away.  Fascinating, isn't it?

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So, when it comes to marking their territory, meerkats make a "paste" of secretions in scent pouches below their tails, which they rub on rocks and plants.  Pretty cool, huh? The chemical signals found in the scent markers come from odor-producing bacteria that thrive in the secretions!

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But, don't let their cute looks fool you. Sometimes they can get into fights like literal mobs when it comes to territories. Apparently, meerkats were the most murderous, according to a study that looked at 1,024 animal species. Around 20 percent of all meerkat deaths are actually murders!

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They will try to avoid fighting, but if they have no option, then they will go to war! Both sides will line up across a field and then race at each other, leaping with their tails straight up in the air, throwing out their back legs like bucking horses. One mob will try to psych the other mob out before the war, too!

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Meerkats primarily eat insects, using their sharp sense of smell to find tasty food such as grubs, termites, beetles, and caterpillars. But they will also eat small reptiles, eggs, birds, fruit and some plants.

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They also have the ability to kill and eat venomous scorpions and snakes without being hurt. They're quite immune to scorpion venom and can tolerate up to six times the amount of snake venom that would kill a rabbit.

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Have you ever wondered what the dark patches around a meerkat's eves do? It helps cut down on the sun's glare and long, horizontal pupils give them a wide range of vision without having to actually move their heads!

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Also, the most adorable fact about them must be that they sleep in HEAPS! I don't think they believe in space! They will usually pile on top of each other in their sleeping chambers in heaps, snuggled on top of each other for warmth. When it gets hotter, they sleep above the ground and spread out a little more, but still sleep in heaps. 

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If they seem to have a problem with another member of the mob, they will settle it the old-fashioned way; with an eating contest. When a dominant female meerkat dies, and if there's a rivalry, that issue is settled with eating content. Isn't that cool?

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Source: Twitter/@mamekoro51

 

 

Source: Twitter/@mamekoro51

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