Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Meerkat scat

The keepers at New Zealand's Hamilton Zoo became concerned when the droppings of the meerkats looked particularly vibrant (IMAGE ABOVE). Turns out that a young schoolchild inadvertently dropped some rubber loom bands over the railing of their enclosure. Because meerkats are omnivorous – eating plants, insects, and small animals – they gobbled them up. Zoo curator Sam Kudeweh explains, "Meerkats are relentlessly inquisitive and anything novel has to be investigated. If one of the bands was broken, it would have looked all wiggly and meerkats will consume anything. Typically the adults will find food and the babies will nick it off them."

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