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ejpierle

"You guys see anything unusual? No? Ok, me neither."


vitringur

I'm guessing they are aware of him but since he isn't reacting to their presence he clearly isn't a threat. In which case, hanging around him is probably safe because he is a pretty large animal and most other predators are probably scared to come close to him.


OneAdvertising9821

When I visited Kenya, the animals had a pretty good idea who was friendly and who was hungry. Except hippos. Everyone stayed away from the hippos.


re_nonsequiturs

The 3 categories of animals: friendly, hungry, and hippos


ReplacementWise6878

Kind of like how the founders of Hogwarts knew there are 4 kinds of kids: Brave, Smart, Evil, and Miscellaneous.


ReadySteady_GO

Hufflepuffs are loyal


Zanadar

The Sorting Hat's song, which is basically the founding myth of Hogwarts, describes the intents of the four founders as: smart, pureblooded, brave and as for Helga, she gives no qualification, saying she'll "teach the lot." So, effectively Hufflepuffs defining feature is not being smart, brave or pureblooded enough to catch the other three's eye. And the Sorting Hat's basically the authority of the subject, given the fact its literally the one that makes the decisions.


MARPJ

>And the Sorting Hat's basically the authority of the subject, given the fact its literally the one that makes the decisions. And said sorting hat defines hufflepuff in the very first book as loyal and just. Yes Helga get the "rest" but a person may be a hufflepuff at heart since they do have their own characteristics as well. Empathy being one of them


NockerJoe

Yes, but Hufflepuff did pretty well in Quidditch and made the Triwizard champion that was actually legitimatley chosen, as well as several other characters who'd graduated already like Tonks. Regardless of initial qualifications you can easily argue that Hufflepuff is the house that makes the most actualy qualified and competent wizards outside of Gryffindor, which mostly gets by because the head of faculty favors them and theres like 1 family that always goes that way that performs unusually well.


Zanadar

Out of the three qualifications given, only Ravenclaws is at all related to academic achievement, and even then smart people often fall into the trap of overly relying on their natural intelligence rather than working hard. So it's not strange at all if Hufflepuff actually has the most success from a purely academic perspective, not having to exclude people based on arbitrary requirements.


Sedixodap

Yeah but so were Gryfinndors, so it wasn't a definable trait.


sillypicture

Weren't they characterized by their bravery (read: wanton idiocy) ?


itsprobablytrue

You're a hippo harry


aikidharm

You’re a hairy hippo


cardinarium

As a proud Hufflepuff, screw you! lol


neoben00

I'm sorry but you are not a hufflepuff you are just a puff. Source I have a 6month old baby that wants to eat you.


monstermayhem436

What about Hungry, Hungry Hippos


TheDumbAsk

That is definitely a thing, but friendly hungry hippos, no


Accessible-Privilege

Even friendly hippos are still hippos. The nicest, most friendly and loving hippo will end you. So remember that when you encounter a pissed off one. Or one at all.


ReactsWithWords

Let me write this down - if I see a hippo in the wild, try not to annoy it. Got it.


metalmilitia182

If you see a hippo in the wild, pray to whatever God you do or don't believe in that it hasn't noticed your presence.


cownd

Don't give it presents either, won't make a difference


stumpyoftheshire

They don't eat humans though, only small plastic or marble balls.


Alortania

no no, see, there's friendly animals hungry animals and hungry hungry animals... aka hippos


BetterWhenImDrunk

Just smack em on the butt.


Gamesman001

If you are tired of life. They run as fast as a horse, the strongest bite and very short temper.


Similar_Tale_5876

Wait until you encounter hungry hippos! And even worse, hungry hungry hippos!


MJZMan

Anecdotal to be sure, but all of my encounters with hungry hungry hippos were good.


Tinrooftust

“Friendly hungry hippos” would be a different game.


PeeledCrepes

Probably because hippos aren't friendly lol


Netz_Ausg

Hippos ain’t shit. The real G of the animal kingdom? That little fuck bird that casually sits INSIDE THE GAPING MAW of the Hippo to eat the food stuck in its teeth. Ain’t nobody fucking with that bird.


Black_Moons

I can only imagine that bird evolved to be incredibly stringy so that if the hippo eats it, it will get even more stuff stuck between its teeth.


IronLusk

Not only are hippos not friendly, they’re hungry, hungry.


bjtg

When I visited Kenya, I stayed at a tented camp in the Massai Mara. At nighttime the hippos came up into camp to chown down on the grass in the camp. They would get 10-15 yards away from our tent. They are loud eaters.


pain_in_the_dupa

I might have stayed in the same one… in 1985. Was it accessible most of the year only by air? Were there luxury tents with built-in showers and bedside tea service in the morning? It was my one brush with the rich and famous. Blew a month’s pay on that trip, but only cause I got a ride there on a billion dollar aircraft carrier. Eat your heart out John Cusack.


A_Specific_Hippo

But us hippos love hugs. Some closer, small, squishy animal...


shagieIsMe

A different merekat video with head standing - Magic meerkat moments - BBC https://youtu.be/drzq1x0mqjo


germanthoughts

“That’s some big shade right there.” 😹


trail-g62Bim

There's something ironic about Richard Hammond narrating a video about meerkats.


red-molly

It's because he's not much bigger than a meerkat.


iChugVodka

Well yeah, he was filming his family reunion


DrMobius0

Be a pretty rough day if an elephant sat on your head.


Great_Chairman_Mao

His head is probably the best high ground in the area.


StrawberryPlucky

This is also very likely not the guy's first time interacting with this group.


Drink-my-koolaid

"Pumba, what if he's on *our* side? Y'know, having a human around might not be such a bad idea!"


AdImmediate7659

No, it's a clear expression of dominance and threat to the other predators in the vicinity. "Look here, we've taken down the meanest predator on the planet and are standing on it. So be warned and stay the fuck away from us" But hey, I'm no Timonologist.


rollplayinggrenade

"I can't seem to shake it, Jenkins... The feeling we're being watched... Anyway, let's set up camp here on this mound and double the watch for the night. That should do it."


PinguruLee

Sounds like a Far Side comic.


jstilla

Pretty sure at least that first line is.


cynicalllama

Gary used the name Jenkins in a ton of his comics lol, its no surprise it conjures that memory, and the OP nailed his tone haha. Talk about a guy ~~gone~~ retired before his time...


Tonamel

Gary Larson's still alive, you know.


potatoesmolasses

This exchange is cracking me up. “I’m not dead, yet!” Big Monty python vibes lol


shigdebig

He retired but he posts on his website sometimes https://www.thefarside.com/new-stuff/372/cutting-out-the-middleman


toroamericano01

I lived in OK for a few months a long, long time ago. I was always seeing armadillo on the side of the road, dead. First time I saw a live one was at night, and I couldn’t avoid hitting it. Then it was no longer living. I later heard they were cunning creatures that often got the last laugh by shredding the tires of the car that got ‘em. I must have been fortunate as my tires remained intact.


shigdebig

Do you type with talons or do you like peck with your beak? The beak seems pretty unwieldy tbh.


toroamericano01

Stupid phone with a small screen, so it would be talons my friend.


HorrorMakesUsHappy

But gone from the public's eye. If his wit is still as sharp as it was back then we would all benefit from his continued work.


MickeyRooneyy

wow, you just unlocked a memory. pretty sure i still have at least 4 of his books in storage somewhere.


the_snook

"Must have been the wind."


RolafOfRiverwood

Like Skyrim NPC’s


Inevitable_Price7841

One on his head can't believe the view up there lol


olderaccount

On flatland, any high ground that gives you an edge on looking out for predators is incredibly valuable.


Captain_Zounderkite

It's over, predators! I have the high ground!


musicalcrab

You underestimate my prowl!


Captain_Zounderkite

Don't try it!


Mimmo_123

*tries it*


dagobahh

I loved you, Timon. You were like a brother to me!


prison_buttcheeks

"pumba, you shouldn't have to do it, as king of this valley I will." ☹️


[deleted]

Respirator sound "Timon, I ate your father"


Ronnie_de_Tawl

[The result](https://cutewallpaper.org/21/scar-lion-king-wallpaper/Similar-Wallpaper-Images-Scar-Falling-Lion-King,-Download-.jpg)


BatchThompson

My uncle is in shambles


wahnsin

which is why it was such a big deal when we started walking upright


olderaccount

Yes, being able to put our eyeballs higher combined with the more efficient gait that allowed for persistence hunting where the main things the made Homo Erectus successful.


Aegi

I agree with your point, but I'm pretty sure the scientific understanding is currently that persistence hunting was more supplementary than necessary, except for maybe a few random tribes here or there.


carterfpv

Never even thought about that, constant higher ground is huge for us


theultimatedudeguy

He's basically standing on a predator. Good thing the predator already had lunch.


olderaccount

I wonder when was the last time one of his family members got taken by a human.


ScaryPratchett

I'm no expert but I remember seeing that meerkats will have designated scouts like that so the others can forage/play. Chances are they know the human's there and the scouts are on watch while the rest inspect the curious looking creature.


Inevitable_Price7841

Very sophisticated behaviour and incredibly cute too!


RubberReptile

I like the lil squeaks they make


FlametopFred

Thinking back to when our foraging ancestors stood on the shoulders of aliens as we evolved into standing /s


SmithRune735

He should stand up to really give them a view


BizzyM

I wonder if meerkats think the world is flat.


Xpress_interest

Humans are the ONLY animal that think the world is round. Think about that, sheeple. There are estimated to be over 20 quintillion animals (20,000,121,091,000,000,000) on this wrinkled up and reflattened piece of paper we call earth, and beyond the few billion hoodwinked humans who have talked themselves into some weird spherical-earth conspiracy theory, no living creature thinks the earth is round. Think about that again for a minute. How unnatural it is to think up something so silly, and the amount of hubris it takes to think that your theory, shared by less than .000004% of the world’s living creatures, could possibly be right. Think about that again for a minute again. Then stop thinking like all the other animals on the planet and just flail around blindly in the unknowable darkness like the rest of us.


Never_Stop_Stalin

What about birds? Some of them can fly high enough to see the curvature of the earth. Also sheep were pioneers in figuring out the earth is round


TopOfTheMorning2Ya

That guy is going to be there all day. Can’t give up his spot.


Browncoatinabox

Look up bbc meerkat on YouTube


HuckFinn69

Porn categories just keep getting weirder and weirder


cypherdev

'weird' is the new 'awesome'.


varyingopinions

Someone should build them an adorable 2 meter tall meerkat lookout tower.


bastian74

Imagine if he set up a ladder


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Generico300

THE BOULDER takes offense to being called...squishy.


Sw4rmlord

Holy shit. You just made my day.


Few_Emergency_2144

🏅


puterTDI

and how the boulder gods get angry and shake when they pee on it. it will become the challenge of the teenagers to pee on the angry boulder and get away


Genderqueerpan

He is now all of their favorite rock., great view comfortable, what’s better in a rock?


dirtielaundry

The next day they're like "Where the fuck did it go?"


TediousStranger

there you go assuming meerkats have object permanence again


PuerSalus

I would imagine they do. At least a memory for advantageous locations and so they'd be confused if a location was suddenly not what they remembered. I feel like squirrels would have similar brain capacity and they can remember where they hid nuts. Source: None. It just sounds reasonable. Edit: Turns out sourceless assumptions make an ass out of you and mption.


Yarakinnit

I'm sure they know the shit out of their stomping grounds but I too am a sourceless assumption maker.


PuerSalus

I want to set up a new profile now with username "SourcelessAssumptionMaker"


BthreePO

And I'll take "AsslessSourceumptionMaker"


SilverNeedleworker30

And I’ll take “AsslessMakeumptionSourcer”


Amphibian_Born

PLEASE do this


pupperoni42

They absolutely know their stomping grounds. They build multiple burrows and rotate between them over time so they don't exhaust the hunting in any one place. They actually have wars over territory against other mobs of meerkats. Their [war dance](https://www.dailymail.co.uk/video/sciencetech/video-2072278/Video-Meerkat-mob-seen-doing-war-dance-protect-territory.html) is often enough to scare off the other group and win the battle, but they'll do physical combat as well. They weigh about 2 pounds - the size of a tiny kitten - and have claws an inch long. They eat scorpions. They're pretty serious combatants.


TediousStranger

oh, yes, I'm sure they're not entirely devoid of object permanence 😆 they're just fun to make fun of because they're so silly


PuerSalus

Agreed. Adorable and silly. Even silly in name. I've never bothered to look it up but I know Meer in German is sea but from what I can tell these animals don't live near the sea or even lakes. It's always far drier areas.


Robert_Pawney_Junior

It's a big, beautiful, old rock! Oh, the pioneers used to ride these babies for miles! And it's in great shape.


SunnyAlwaysDaze

It's even a warm rock!


GameFreak412

You have joined their tribe.


Hot-Conversation-21

Now all that’s left to do is to make a meerkat disc so that the kratt brothers can become a meerkat


TheBackyardigirl

Activate meerkat powers


Gunningham

Wonderful!


usspaceforce

Bring back Meerkat Manor!


goodgoinghero

It is back. It's called Meerkat Manor: Rise Of A Dynasty.


RadioactiveCornbread

Is there a channel or is it streamed? Do you know how we can access it?


goodgoinghero

It was available for streaming on AMC+. The first two episodes were free on the BBC YouTube channel the day of the premier, but I'm not sure if they're still there or not.


RadioactiveCornbread

I see. I can look into it and see if I can find it. Thanks stranger. ❤


Chocobean

! To the High Seas!


Ahri_La_Roux

Its too bad about Flower and Zaphod, but I do wanna see how her kids are doing.


Luciditi89

I don’t know if I can handle watching meerkat babies being eaten by birds again


stonespider

They see him as one of their own .. the beard does it.


flimbs

This is furry creature. I am furry creature. We are all furry creature.


sas8184

The one on his head is the lookout


Bluestar1121

i think prairie dogs have lookout shifts outside their tunnels that they take turns with


NinjaLanternShark

Being the highest thing around when dealing with meerkats is such a rookie move.


SenorPeligrosoBoboso

I mean kind of a vet move if you enjoy the little guys


TediousStranger

seriously, all I can think is inside this man is like "these lil fuckers smell funny but omg omg omg this is the cutest thing ever and I can't react, must stay still... ish"


Honda_TypeR

Yea I never considered the smell before, but being that they are related to mongooses and all weasels have an extremely heavy odor…I’m sure they do stink very badly.


brianbrianbrian

The chirping was so cute! 10/10 would be high ground again.


cornflake289

"And by the way Charlie, meerkats don't chirp, they *chirrup*"


WereAllAnimals

Oh, yeah? You think you know a ton about the meerkat? Well, did you know that the alpha pair will scent-mark the subordinate to show that it's the leader? If they find the weak one, they start pissing all over it.


Emkayer

LPT: Don't smoke weed around meerkats


erikturner10

Yeah they tend to hog it all


buttfacenosehead

Day 3 of infiltration & they still suspect nothing...


TopOfTheMorning2Ya

... becoming a little stiff though from not being able to move for 3 days.


zowie2222

I have climbed Mt. Human!


do_you_know_de_whey

My man’s got that capybara lookin facial hair so they assumed he was frien


JustDave62

Good thing those meerkats have a lookout to spot any approaching humans


Ogg_Vordus

Veeeeeery slowly and carefully switch to a short lens...


Naima22

When all you have is a 400 prime lens lol


kenezmaa

It looks like he blended in perfectly 😂 the one on his head on his tip toes though 🤣♥


Yarakinnit

The one that really wanted up on his shoulder but had last minute doubts :D


pupperoni42

That's a baby. "I want to do what the big kids are doing but that looks scary."


[deleted]

Don’t these things Carry the plague?


GuiltyEidolon

You're thinking of prairie dogs. These are meerkats, in Africa.


muphinforlife

I'm concerned about how many insurance policies he had to buy


Jargondragon

Hahaha only British people will get this I think.


funkylittledeathomen

FYI this is Nick Kleer, he’s a photographer and conservationist who has a lot of really cool stuff on his Instagram! Highly recommend you check him out Edit: typo


Moe_Syzlak_

Wait till he stands up… ruler of the meerkats.


Starbuckshakur

The look of a man who knows and accepts that he will soon get pooped on.


pittipat

Not his first rodeo.


GibberBabble

Worth it


[deleted]

One of us. One of us. One of us.


Hayes77519

r/thisismylifenow


IgorotNihil

Will allow as long as they dont poop or pee on you


hebejebez

I know this comment will get buried but I'll write it anyway cause this meant things to me. Five years ago today my dad died while I was still enroute to England from Australia. I never got to say goodbye and all day he's been in my face. He sends me birds he loves who will eat from my hand in my yard. My son random started asking me about him today with no warning. And now this video, every school holiday he would take me and a friend to chessington world of adventure we would go off and ride the log flume and rameses revenge till we were sick or hungry and then go find him. He would be at the meerkats. Every time. He loved these little critters and would sit and watch them (it helped that it was near the bar but lots of enclosures were) and he liked their little foibles and family squabbles. So op, thank you for bringing me meerkats today when I needed them.


OxymorphoneHCL

I appreciated your comment 😊 It’s a beautiful sentiment. Luckily I haven’t lost a parent myself but, I’ll never forget how deeply my mom felt the loss of her father, and then just a month later her mother too. It took at least a couple of years for her to get back to a place where I recognized her as the happy and fun loving person she’d always been. So I know how deeply you must feel the loss of your father, even all of these years later. My mother was sure to make me understand that you never really lose the pain of their loss. Instead you just sort of get accustomed to living with that pain and their loss. That’s always stuck with me. I guess what I’m trying to say is that I hope you took all of this as a little message or reminder from your father and that you were able to enjoy it for the happiness it brings remembering those moments together, instead of focusing on the pain of loss.


davegir

Those lookouts, not doing a great job


Shurmonator

Evolution really made some animals unnecessarily cute.


Pulze_

Why do I feel like these fuckers would be awesome pets if you could get them not to dig holes in ur shit


sberg207

Except they seem to live in social groups... which might mean that you'd have to have more than 1 to ensure their happiness!


hidden_below

Probably more than 4. And they’re busy. The whole fricking day. And also. They’re not going to have fun looking at your fence all day. But they are damn adorable and I wish I could like in the Karoo with them


a_casual_observer

The perfect way to do a stealth mission. Don't try to not be seen, try to be seen as inconsequential.


Molwar

Minions looking for a new boss


wahnsin

Head on a swivel boys, I smell a human around here somewhere!!


jetlag462

"Hey man, where did you get the shades?"


Tails9429

"We accept you, one of us, We accept you, one if us..."


fewdea

I vote meerkats take over the world after humans are gone.


zyzzogeton

"Why are you such a big meercat? How you get so big?"


p1um5mu991er

"Is he one of us?"


stonecharioteer

Digga tunnah dig digga tunnah! Quick before the Hyena come!


omghiomg1

‘Where’s that guy gone?’


CafeArcane

More images and information about this story: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10686915/Meerkats-stand-photographer-lookout-predators-Botswana-VIDEO.html


Matar_Kubileya

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Motor_Relation_5459

Disney princess status achieved!


CajuNerd

This is how Disney princesses are born.


astraeoth

"Day 78: They still do not notice my presence and I have taken this opportunity to take amazing pictures together. I fear that one day they will finally realize I am not one of their kin and flea or fight me. I attempt to immitate their behavior so as to prolong this outcome for as long as possible. Last night, one of the younger ones tried to put a larvae in my mouth. They are learning."


jebshka

The happiness is in a fucking reality, we can sense that.


Soonestcertify

Wow man, I am good with this, they are loving that stuff.


777formula

Trusting is so good and they are doing it with you right now.


Faithfulwelsh

The calmness is real, you have a good patience level lol.


upPatrol63

This is just a fucking cute one, just look at them man.


stuckSatyr

This is the love we can show and they can show that too.


ExcraftEconomy

Wow this is a good work, I want to be a Wildlife photographer now.


Aingram6494

This guy understood the assignment!!!


Jsc221

These are not the drones you are looking for….


CommunicationSouth12

Mission Success??


Librathon

I'd have thought a wildlife photographer would always have their equipment set to silent.


CobblerConfident5012

This guy blends.


Sleepyhead88

I mean he kind of looks like a meerkat


Kale_and_Oatmilk

Blend?? He’s now an honorary member of the group!


katara144

Well he is blonde and furry...


Bubblehead708

This man will never experience this level of cuteness for the rest of his life.


silliestboots

That one dude has fully conquered Mount Cameraman.


jochi1543

King Julian