An inhabitant of the South African svelt, the meerkat (not meerdog) (Suricata suricatta) is related to the mongoose, the womongoose, the mangrove, and on its mother's side to Mo Rocca. It is an orthodontic mammal, an oligovore, and an inigmaphyte. What is it's nich??? Please help me!! This is stupid. This does not help me one bit.
Is it just the cutest animal ever? OK don't even lie it totally is.
The fossil record indicates that meerkat ancestors roamed the Pleistocene plains for as much as fifteen minutes. These ancient proto-meerkats stood two meters tall, had coiled horns similar to those of a sousaphone marching band, and had the facial structure of David Letterman on a "bad bone" day.
When the great glaciers retreated from the muskeg of Namibia these massive creatures could no longer feed on slushies and snowcones, their favored foods. The less bulky and more salacious among them learned to burrow, to eat a variety of foods including worms, fruit, insects, and plutonium, and to strike photogenic poses. Through a fascinating piece of quick adaptation, meerkats thus evolved to occupy a unique niche, sustaining themselves on the lunches of camera crew who came to film them- hence looking cute became a valuable survival trait, and they evolved into the simply adorable creatures we know today.
The modern meerkat (more commonly known as Suricatta Whatsitoya) is diurinal, which means that he only uses the little mammal's water closet twice a day. His feeding habits have included the body of Klaus Voormann, and thus, should be considered very dangerous... or at least a mite sloppy.
Very famous meerkats in Poop Culture include Timon Wayne Gacy, who preferred to scare little children and certain models of automobiles by wearing a dress and doing The 20 Minute Workout.
Behavior and Habitat
The word meerkat is Afrikaans for "water cat" or, more precisely, wet pussycat. Crusty and paunchy though a Boer farmer may have been, he had a pretty shrewd idea of the effect of serious cute on female love-hormones.
Meerkats live in vast, sprawling underground tunnel complexes panelled with African hardwoods like limba and macassar. They are related to the dog and only few remain (around a billion--we swear, they'll be gone soon!). There are about 10 wild meerkats that remain in their original society. They are organized as a loose anarcho-socialist commune in which a central committee controls industrial output and also monitors the population for fleas. However, meerkats disdain serious coding work and maintain a population of semi-slaves -- naked mole rats -- which keep the meerkat Internets up to snuff.
Popular Culture and the Public
Recently, some meerkats entered the television industry and created a widely acclaimed soap opera/drama called, "Meerkat Manor". The show includes plenty of gore, vulgar words, some erotic footage, and a lot of things.
Meerkats are often mistaken for actual cats--thus some people may huff a meerkat on accident (same principle however--the orange ones fuck you real good!).