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|Meerkats are a type of Mongoose. The name Meerkat comes from the Afrikaans (Dutch population of South Africa). The English translation is marsh cat, although Meerkats don't live near marshes and they are not cats. Their proper scientific name is Suricata suricatta.(Class - Mammalia , Order - Carnivora , Family - Viverridae.) They were first named in 1776. There are three different subspecies of Meerkats.|
Meerkats are born with hair but not full coats and with their eyes closed. They will live in the wild up to 10 years. However, in captivity they can live to be 15 years of age. Although they are relatively healthy animals, they are unfortunately prone to bovine tuberculosis and have been known to get rabies. When they are adults at about one year of age they will weigh around 2 pounds (750 - 820 grams) and stand an average of 12 inches high (30 centimetres). When they are on all four of their feet their height is only 6 inches (15 centimetres). Like all mongooses, they are agile hunters; however, they differ considerably from most of their other relatives. Thanks to http://www.meerkats.net/lester.htm
Caught this guy in the Auckland Zoo.
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Very beautiful portrait!