Meerkats Win Hearts Being Sleepy-Cute

Being sleepy can get you in trouble, or it can get you famous if you’re as cute as these meerkats!

meerkat sleeping on stuffed animals
Via Meg Frost/Cute Overload/YouTube  
Can you spot the live meerkat in this photo?

Meerkats (Suricata suricatta) have always had their fans. They may look a bit like ferrets, but they are not in the weasel family with ferrets. These members of the mongoose family are native to Africa and gained special fame through the television show “Meerkat Manor” that aired from 2005 to 2008 on Animal Planet. But that’s not going to be all they’re known for, thanks to the Internet. 

I think part of the charm of meerkats is their alertness. As members of a clan, some are always on watch for predators while others forage and do other work. It’s always amusing to see anyone fighting to stay awake, but it’s even more amusing for such a usually alert animal. 

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Here are videos of three different meerkats fighting off sleep — and pretty much failing. That’s OK. I think we’ve all been there. I just wish I looked half as cute when I’m falling over from sleepiness!

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