I saw this little gal nab a Cheez-Its cracker that someone had dropped and run into the bushes. I carefully got down on my knees and shot this photo of her chowing down on her prize Her tiny hands are adorable.
This little meerkat was put on sentry duty for the day. "When it comes to looking out for danger, few creatures are as vigilant as meerkats. Meerkats are active during the day, spending most of the time looking for food. During this time they are vulnerable to predators, such as birds of prey, snakes, monitor lizards, and any other large carnivore. To protect the colony, one meerkat usually has sentry duty while the others hunt. The sentry takes up a position high on a rock or log. He or she sits erect, even standing sometimes, sniffing the wind and scanning the area for danger. If this look-out detects trouble, it lets out one of several alarm calls. One call means, "Danger is imminent, run for cover!" A different call means, "Danger might be nearby, so be on guard." - Excerpt from Brookfield Zoo
*Part of my "One photo a day for an entire year" Project. You can follow the progress of this one-year-long project here in my DeviantArt gallery: [link]