A Meerkat also known as the Suricate (Suricata suricatta) sitting on it's haunches whilst it's babies play nearby

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The Meerkat or Suricate (Suricata suricatta), a small mammal, is a member of the mongoose family. Meerkats live in all parts of the Kalahari Desert in Botswana and in South Africa. A group of Meerkats is called a "mob", "gang" or "clan". A meerkat clan often contains about 20 meerkats, but some super-families have 50 or more members. Meerkats have an average life span of 12-14 years.
Location: Chester Zoo, Chester, England, UK