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Meerkats are vicious baby killers!

  1. Aug 8, 2006 #1

    ZapperZ

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    This link to a news update in Nature is only available for free for a short time, so read it while you can.

    http://www.nature.com/news/2006/060807/full/060807-4.html

    I'm always fascinated by animal behavior, mainly because many people some time use the argument against something as being "not natural", as IF everything that's "natural" or in nature is something that's good and must be followed. In any case, I was reading this with fascination till the end, when I couldn't stop laughing at the very last "editorialization" by the writer, saying

    "So, like politicians, meerkats work for the good of the party, but are vicious back-stabbers when they get the chance."

    Touche! :)

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  4. Aug 8, 2006 #3

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    We need to get Moonbie to study the breeding habits of politicians..... er.... I mean meerkats.

    :)

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  5. Aug 8, 2006 #4

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    Its not nearly as bad as you may think.
     
  6. Aug 8, 2006 #5

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    I've lived plenty without electricity or water (or even walls one summer, i.e. tent)

    It just doesn't work for me while I'm attending school. Dishes pile up, going outside to use the bathroom in -40 is no fun, and showering: even from third person perspective, it's hard to study when skanky cabin-dwellers come into the classroom reeking of what they ate, slept in, and shat the night before. It's even harder to study when you're that guy and you're self-conscious about it. Some of these kids don't even use the showers on campus more than two or three times a semester.

    If I had a cabin on my own land, I'd at least build a natural water system (wouldn't work so great here, this part of Alaska is actually considered desert)

    hygiene's pretty important to me nowdays.
     
  7. Aug 8, 2006 #6

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    I think it would only get funded if I could find a way to stop their breeding! :rofl:

    Have you ever watched Meerkat Manor on the Discovery Channel? The narration is highly anthropomorphized, but it's still really cute, and definitely interesting to see how the group social structure works.
     
  8. Aug 8, 2006 #7

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    I watched it once and had to stop watching it because it was getting too.... er.. .... cute! :)

    Zz.
     
  9. Aug 8, 2006 #8
    OMG with the meercat got bite by the snake..and everyone forgot about him and he limped home to die...Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!
     
  10. Aug 9, 2006 #9

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    :cry: He looked so lonely and scared. :frown: But, just when I thought they were never going to show any meerkats that actually died, the little babies were abandoned to die (the "illegitimate" ones born to Flower's sister...I can't remember the name they gave to her).
     
  11. Aug 9, 2006 #10
    Its not easy being Queen:frown:
     
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