Meerkats stand facing the sun to warm up. Getty Images

Meerkats stand facing the sun to warm up. Getty Images

Meerkats are small animals that live in Africa.

They are not cats!

They have pointy faces and dark fur around their eyes.

They have long tails.

They run on all four legs.

They can stand on their back legs.

Meerkats live in big groups.

 

They dig tunnels in the ground.

In the daytime, meerkats dig for food.

 One meerkat keeps a look out for danger. Getty Images

One meerkat keeps a look out for danger. Getty Images

They eat bugs, caterpillars, small birds and roots.

One meerkat keeps a lookout for danger.

They take turns to be lookout.

 A baby meerkat. Getty Images

A baby meerkat. Getty Images

When there are babies, the whole group helps look after them.


Words

meerkat (say - me-uh-cat)

  • A small animal that lives in Africa.

tunnel (say tun-ul)

  • A long hole dug under the ground. Some animals dig tunnels. There are also tunnels dug by people.

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