Photograph by Mattias Klum
Feed me? Cuddle me? Whatever this four-week-old pup wants, theres likely to be a grown-up meerkat nearby ready to meet the need. Group members take turns providing day careeven 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.