Photographer Will Burrard-Lucas got more help than he bargained for when he went to document a young family of meerkats in the Makgadikgadi region of Botswana. The new arrivals used the photographer earlier this year as a look out post before trying their hand at taking pictures.
It’s yet more evidence that meerkats are awesome.
Watch his encounter here and then be sure to visit his blog to enjoy the images he snapped.
“These meerkats are completely wild but over time they have become habituated to humans,” Burrad-Lucas writes. “This means it is possible to gain their trust and get really close to them. When people are around, these clever little creatures take full advantage of the situation and will sometimes climb on top of the nearest person for a better view out over the long grass. Sometimes they just decide that sitting on a warm human is more comfortable that sitting on the coarse sand!”
Incidentally, Will and Matt Burrard-Lucas were honoured as a time-lapse video finalist last month in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition for his wildebeest for footage taken over five days in Northern Serengeti, Tanzania, but condensed to a 1-minute long video. It shows the animals crossing the Mara River while moving south into Tanzania from Kenya. And, it is amazing.