Do you remember Timon, the character in the movie, 'The Lion king'? Timon, along with Pumba, becomes the aide of Simba. While Timon is an animated meerkat, Pumba is a warthog. Do you have any idea about what is a meerkat?
Meerkats (Suricata suricatta) are adapted to the harsh conditions of the desert. They have a slow metabolism, which aids them to thrive with less food and water. They have an average lifespan of 12 to 14 years. Nowadays, these mammals are raised in zoos, and are also getting increasingly popular as pets.
Cobras, martial eagles, falcons, hawks, and jackals, are the common predators. Meerkat diet include insects, spiders, millipedes, centipedes, scorpions, eggs, plants, snakes, lizards, small mammals, roots and bulbs, watermelon, bugs, bones, and fruits. They are immune to the venom of snakes and scorpions.