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Meerkat in closed quarters

The meerkat or is a small animal that belongs to the mongoose family. They are typically about 12 inches long and feature a tan or gray coat, with a pale underside. Their eyes are ringed with black, and their tails have a black tip. The word “meerkat” is Dutch for “lake cat” even though the meerkat is not of the cat family. This particular meerkat was housed at the Small Mammals house at the National Zoo in Washington DC.

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