Here, proof that these small relatives of the mongoose have supernatural cheer-up qualities.
By Amy Shearn
Photo: Suzanne Bolduc, Wildlife Conservation Society
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They Take Fun Seriously
The scampering clan at Brooklyn's Prospect Park Zoo stays frisky with toys like a boomer ball. Get this: In the wild, some meerkats will stand sentry while the others play, so they don't have to be all distracted worrying about getting eaten. Do you know anyone who makes playfulness such a high priority?