Friday, September 29, 2006
#1. Are these not the cutest little creatures? They're meerkats, native to the Kalahari desert in southern Africa.
Members of the mongoose family, they're about a foot tall and weigh only about two pounds. They look cute and adorable, but they're actually ferocious little things and can be vicious predators, eating the young of their neighbors to give their own offspring a better chance of survival. Even so, they're just eaten up with cute.
This is probably a good time to talk about meerkats -- African legend holds that they protect villages from the moon devil.