Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Meerkats: An Information Report


What’s cute and aggressive at the same time? If you guessed meerkats,
you are absolutely correct. Meerkats or suricate are small mammals
belonging to the mongoose family. They are the only member of the genus
Suricata. Meerkats were first discovered in 1776 by German naturalist,
Johann Christian Daniel von Schreber. Meerkats were made famous by
the show Meerkat Manor in 2005. The Latin name for Meerkats is Suricata

Meerkats have grey, yellow fur and sharp claws. They are the only member
of the mongoose family that do not have a bushy tail. Meerkats have
excellent eyesight - they can spot predators in the air from more than
300m away. They weigh 730g (male) and 720g (female). Their height is
11.75 inches (29.8 cm). On February 12th, 2011, Zaphod was 4448 days
old (12 years) making him the oldest meerkat the Kalahari Meerkat Project
(KMP) ever observed in their population. Sadly, Zaphod passed away on
March 4, 2011, just 20 days after he became the oldest Meerkat. The cause
of his death was old age. Zaphod was honoured in a very special way: His
remains were not cremated, but buried in the Kalahari, under a shepherd's
tree: one of the most scenic locations in the KMP reserve. Even his birth
burrow can be seen from the burial site. A simple wooden sign saying
“Zaphod 1998 - 2011” now marks the spot.

Meerkats live in all parts of the Kalahari Desert in Botswana, in much of the
Namib Desert in Namibia, in much of Southwestern Angola and in South Africa. Living in intricate tunnel systems called burrows, Meerkats can
stay safe from predators and cool  down during hot days, unlike other
burrowing creatures. Meerkats live in more than one burrow; they keep
several in rotation. They live for 12-14 years (in captivity) and 7-10 years
(in the wild). Meerkats sleep between 10-12 hours a day, usually entering
their burrow in the early evening. Every morning, Meerkats start their day
by grooming or lying in the sun. Meerkats are specially adapted to living
in the harsh desert environment.

Meerkats are omnivores which prefer to eat insects. They eat lizards
, snakes, scorpions, spiders, eggs, small mammals, millipedes, centipedes
, and more rarely: birds, plants and fungi. Baby Meerkats do not start
foraging for food until they are 1 month old, and do so by following an
older member of the group, who acts as the pup’s tutor. Meerkats forage
in a group with one ‘sentry’  on guard watching for predators while the
others search for food. Sentry duty is usually 1 hour long. The sentry
usually stands on small trees or rocks, where they have a wide view.
When there are predators, such as hawks and eagles, the sentry lets out
a sharp and shrill call like a signal, which tells the meerkats to take cover.
The sentry also makes peeping noises when all is well. Adult meerkats are
immune to snake and scorpion venom.  However, instead of allowing pups
to learn by trial and error and risk receiving a potentially life-threatening sting, mothers will cut the tail off of a scorpion before feeding it to her baby, according to a 2006 study published in the journal Science. A meerkat has the ability to dig through a quantity of sand equal to its own weight in just seconds. Digging is done to create burrows, to get food and also to create dust clouds to distract predators

Overall, meerkats are an amazing animal. They are considered legal as pets
, but not recommended because they are not as fun as expected. They are
one of the cutest animals but also the most murderous mammal. They are very dangerous but can be killed by hawks, eagles and snakes. They are one of the animal species that does the most teamwork. Meerkats have lots of behaviour and personality differences: cute, aggressive, murderous, hard-working and smart. Which one do you like?

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

How To Prank Someone ( Water Falling From Door )

  1. Fill ⅚ of  the bucket with a litre of warm or cold water.

  1. Carefully place the bucket of water on a flat surface on the top of the door make sure you leave the door slightly open.

  1. Next tie your string to the handle of the bucket.

  1. Walk to the left or right side with the string in your hand. Make sure that you walk to the side where you want your bucket to fall from.

  1. Finally,when your victim walks through the door, pull the string and the water will fall on him.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Describing Myself

I am writing a description of where I come from.  I will be describing the ethnicity/culture of my family,When my family immigrated to NZ and why,my families home language/religion/beliefs/traditions/celebrations and special traditions and possessions that are important to my family.

The ethnic background of my family is Indian. My parents and grandparents immigrated to New Zealand in 1996. They came because they found New Zealand to be a beautiful,ideal country and India is really populated. An Indian tradition is that in an Indian wedding one of the events is a henna party. Henna is a paste which is applied on the bride’s hands and feet. In Indian culture it is said that the deeper the colour, the stronger the love the groom has for the bride. I speak Hindi at home and and my family celebrates traditional Indian festivals like Diwali and Holi. Because my family migrated to New Zealand, they couldn’t bring everything along but we have photos of our great aunts and uncles.

Every year my family goes to India to visit relatives. I really like going to India because I meet my relatives. Visiting my relatives in India has affected me because I learn about Indian culture and listen to traditional Indian stories.
In the future I will tell traditional Indian stories to my children and I hope that the stories will pass through my family’s generations.

My Reflection- I think that I am Extended Abstract because I predicted my family’s future.