Meerkats are an interesting creature that demonstrate a huge amount of altruistic behavior within their colonies; one or more meerkats stand sentry, while others are foraging or playing, to warn them of approaching dangers. Sentry duty lasts for about an hour. When a predator is spotted, the meerkat sentries give a warning bark, and other members of the gang will run and hide in one of the many bolt holes they have spread across their territory. The sentry meerkat is the first to reappear from the burrow and search for predators, constantly barking to keep the others underground. If there is no threat, the sentry meerkat stops signaling and the others feel safe to emerge.
I took this shot at my local zoo. ISO 200 135mm f5.6 1/100. Processed in lightroom with basic adjustments and a few local adjustments.
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