Meerkats teach their young pups amazing behaviors and survival tactics. Meerkats are predators. They eat dangerous prey such as toxic millipedes and poisonous scorpions. In order to survive these hazardous food sources, meerkats teach the pups to remove stingers and toxins before eating them.
Why does a meerkat need to eat this hazardous animal?
What clever tactic does the meerkat use to remove the toxic coating from the millipede?
What do you think would happen if a meerkat ate a millipede without rolling it in the sand first?
What are some safety tactics human parents teach their young children?
How are these tips different from those of the meerkat?
- One defense tactic used by meerkat groups is to stand upright, puff up their fur, and band together. This forms an intimidating group.
- Meerkats cleverly defend themselves by stirring up dust (to hide) before they retreat to a bolthole, or temporary burrow.
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry behavior Noun
anything an organism does involving action or response to stimulation.
material, usually of plant or animal origin, that living organisms use to obtain nutrients.
Encyclopedic Entry: food hazard Noun
danger or risk.
toxic or containing dangerous chemicals.
animal that hunts other animals for food.
animal that is hunted and eaten by other animals.
ability to live.
poisonous substance, usually one produced by a living organism.