Science has shown the meerkat to be a vicious killer and murderer among mammalian species. Marmots and squirrels have also been found to be dangerous animals like meerkats.
The meerkat may appear to be a pretty harmless and benign mammal, yet the fact of the matter is that it is a merciless murderer.
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Said to be the most heartless beast when it comes to killing its own kind in cold blood, the meerkat is one of a list of a thousand mammals which kill other members of their own species in a cold-blooded manner.
Possessing the highest rate among murderous mammals (a whopping 19.4%), the meerkat is a carnivorous animal that lives in packs of upto 50 individuals in the Kalahari and Namib deserts in the southern regions of Africa.
The meerkat has also been termed a killer of its own children. Meerkats are followed closely in the killer list by the Schmidt’s guenon which is a type of primate.
This monkey has an 18.2% murder rate for its own kind. As for the red-fronted lemur, it has a 16.7% murder rate. Those species related to these three mammals also had high murder rates, according to Independent.
There are others that make the top 10 list. They include: the New Zealand sea lion (15.3%), the long-tailed marmot (14.5%), the lion (13.3%), the banded mongoose (13%), the grey wolf (12.8%) and the Chacma baboon (12.3%).
Finally, the diademed sifaka and the long-tailed chinchilla both are at a tie for the 10th position (at 12% each). Some of the information on this matter is mind-boggling to say the least.
For example, the Dama gazelle and the California ground squirrel have more percentage points in this regard than the otherwise ferocious jaguar and cougar.
It comes as somewhat of a surprise to know that such fuzzy wuzzy and cute mammals as meerkats, chinchillas and squirrels harbor such murderous impulses towards their own kind and then furthermore act on them.
Yet the mortality rates speak for themselves. In human beings, this “man is his own worst enemy” syndrome stands at 2%. Yet even this is six times higher than the average 0.3% rate among the 1000 mammals list.
Mammals show high levels of in-fighting and infanticide. This may be paradoxical yet it is the bitter truth.
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This study got published in the journal Nature.