Meerkat Lessons

Rather than leaving young pups to figure it out on their own, older meerkats teach them how to eat venomous scorpions through a series of increasingly difficult lessons. First they start with a dead scorpion, then a live one with the stinger removed, and scorpioneventually the pups learn to handle live scorpions on their own. Teaching the pups this way reduces the likelihood that they will be stung, which can be life-threatening.

It is rare to see this form of teaching in the animal world, as most other animals learn by watching their parents instead of being taught. Other examples of animals who teach their young include ants and, of course, humans.

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http://www.livescience.com/4150-hunting-101-meerkats-teach-scorpion-dismemberment.html

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  1. Tree Hugger
    Pipper524 says:

    i want a baby meerkat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  2. Forest Friend
    Froggypog says:

    Wow never thought meerkats were taught! Cool!

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  3. New Bee
    Ranger56198627 says:

    Wow epic cool!

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  4. Green Bean
    Ranger56199120 says:

    cool

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  5. Green Bean
    Ranger56199120 says:

    WOW!!!never knew that! =p

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  6. New Bee
    Ranger56199306 says:

    me ethier

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  7. New Bee
    Ranger56201121 says:

    that is so cool I never thought that!!

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  8. New Bee
    Ranger56201121 says:

    awesome

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  9. New Bee
    Bethj says:

    this is awsome because everything about animals and every animal is super cool

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