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Why Meerkats Should Be Your Favorite Animal.

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When most people see a meerkat they immediately think about Timon from "Lion King". But it turns out that the real animal is way more entertaining than its on-screen portrayal. Will Burrard-Lucas found this out first hand on a recent expedition for a photography project where he was attempting to capture some rare footage of meerkats in a natural environment.

Meerkats can generally be found in the southeastern areas of Africa and are known for cohabitating in groups of up to 30. These meerkats were filmed in Botswana and exemplify the friendly nature of the species. Which means that maybe the energetic, talking meerkat from Lion King isn't so far off after all.

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