• 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.

    • Meerkats defend themselves by standing upright and puffing up their fur. When a group of meerkats does this, it helps scare off predators.
    • Other times meerkats hide by stirring up dust so a predator can't see them. By the time the dust clears, the meerkats have escaped into a special burrow called a bolthole.
  • Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry
    behavior Noun

    anything an organism does involving action or response to stimulation.

    food Noun

    material, usually of plant or animal origin, that living organisms use to obtain nutrients.

    Encyclopedic Entry: food
    hazard Noun

    danger or risk.

    poisonous Adjective

    toxic or containing dangerous chemicals.

    predator Noun

    animal that hunts other animals for food.

    prey Noun

    animal that is hunted and eaten by other animals.

    survival Noun

    ability to live.

    toxic Adjective


    toxin Noun

    poisonous substance, usually one produced by a living organism.

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