When I saw Mary Lee's choice from WikiMedia today I decided this was the perfect opportunity to play with a little nonfiction poetry. I did some quick research and used some of the information to write about these meerkats who appear to be standing guard. It turns out meerkats are quite cooperative working together for the greater good.
|Photo by Sara & Joachim|
via WikiMedia Commons
we listen for
at a moment's
to take cover,
in our tunnels.
© Cathy L. Mere
- often seen in groups
- work together in numbers
- a few stand as lookouts while others forage for food
- sharp shrill call means take cover
- eat insects, lizards, birds and fruit
- strong sense of smell
- good digging abilities
- two or three meerkat families live in "mobs"
- predators: hawks, eagles, snakes, jackals
- can run up to 37 miles per hour
Meerkat: National Geographic
Fun Facts About Meerkats: Live Science
Meerkat: Animal Fact Guide
Ten Facts About Meerkats