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Watch: Cameramen and Their Meerkat Mates

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Meerkat standing ontop of cameraman Image by BBC via YouTube

Watch this fascinating video of meerkats participating in their daily lives as cameramen capture them up close. The meerkats are habituated to the cameramen because humans have studied them in their natural habitat for years. They use cameramen to get to higher vantage points and survey their surroundings.

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Meerkats and Their Human “Landscape”

The video shows these curious creatures navigating around and on top of the cameramen. They use the cameramen to have a better view of their surroundings and to spot potential dangers and prey. Meerkats are naturally curious and unafraid and enjoy exploring. They confidently climb on top of the cameraman’s head.

In Search of Shade

Meerkats need to escape the heat in the desert as the sun beats down on them. They are clever enough to use the shade of the cameramens bodies. This demonstrates their ability to adapt to their surroundings.

Facts about Meerkats

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Meerkats. Image by joruba75 via Depositphotos
  • Meerkats live in mobs or gangs that consist of up to 50 members.
  • In the gang, meerkats each have a role. These roles include babysitting and guarding the group from predators.
  • They feed mainly on insects but also eat lizards, snakes, and scorpions.
  • Meerkats have dark patches around their eyes, which helps reduce glare and enhance their vision.

Conclusion: Coexisting with Nature

Because the cameramen were in close contact documenting the meerkats for a long time, they have become comfortable with them. However, as we continue to explore and document the natural world, let us do so with respect and admiration for all wild animals.

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