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Photograph by Mattias Klum

Feed me? Cuddle me? Whatever this four-week-old pup wants, there’s likely to be a grown-up meerkat nearby ready to meet the need. Group members take turns providing day care—even though baby-sitting means going without food all day. “Well-cared-for pups grow up to be generous helpers themselves,” says University of Cambridge biologist Tim Clutton-Brock, “and that lightens the workload for every member of the group.”

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Nikon F5
Film Type: Kodak Ektachrome 100
Lens: 300mm f/2.8
Speed and F-Stop: 1/250 @ f/8
Weather Conditions: Clear day
Time of Day: Early morning
Lighting Techniques: Natural light

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