A meerkat is highly social. Living in a group of 20 or more individuals, spending time playing with and grooming each other.  Meerkats burrow, within their group, they may have several different burrow systems, moving between them regularly.  Each members of the group will perform specific tasks.  while some are foraging, others will stand guard, acting as sentinels, others will remain with young pups, others mentor the young teaching them to forage.  A sentinel will stand on his or her hind legs, scanning the area for potential danger, making an alarm call if a predator is spotted.  A meerkat can dig up its own body weight in dirt in a matter of seconds.

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