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Man flies by own lung power, 1934
Rachael Ray cooks her family and her dog
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Meerkat Takes Family Photos
Just yesterday my wife and I were oohing and aahing at some pictures at telegraph.co.uk of meerkats taking photos of themselves. The text told how an inquisitive meerkat, at Longleat Safari Park, had clambered up the tripod of a camera accidentally left in their enclosure. The meerkat had then "explored the controls and managed to take three family photos." The photo of the meerkat sitting behind the camera was really cute.

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Nope. Turns out it was a hoax. I should have known. When Amateur Photography magazine queried Keith Harris, head warden at Longleat, he responded:
"It started off as a joke. It was a slight hoax. The meerkats didn't take any pictures at all."
Mr Harris told the magazine that the pictures had been misinterpreted and were only intended to be cute pictures of meerkats playing with equipment.
The photos were later passed on to Southwest News Service.
Paul Walters, picture editor at Southwest News Service, said he took the photographs "in good faith" and that they were presented as the work of the meerkats. "We've been duped ultimately," he said.
Categories: Animals, Photos/Videos
Posted by The Curator on Fri Sep 07, 2007
Comments (5)
Awww... downer
Posted by Madmouse  in  Edinburgh  on  Fri Sep 07, 2007  at  07:18 PM
I don't have any animals that take photographs, but my cat carves sculptures out of furniture with his claws.

Most of his work tends to be abstract rather than representational.
Posted by Big Gary  in  Panther City, Texas  on  Fri Sep 07, 2007  at  07:31 PM
Hmm, much like the occasionally-proffered tale of a monkey or dog producing abstract art that is displayed as that of a talented unknown artist. Also, not unlike the thought that George Bush is the US President. It's always been Cheney, and he's a mutant meerkat in disguise. Undisclosed location, my primate ass...
Posted by Hairy Houdini  on  Fri Sep 07, 2007  at  11:16 PM
I KNEW it! HA!
Posted by Maegan  in  Tampa, FL - USA  on  Sat Sep 08, 2007  at  03:38 PM
Stoopid meerkat cut off the head. My pet chupacabra takes better pictures than that. Unfortunately most of them are of decapitated goats :( but if the goat did have a head it would still be in the picture.
Posted by Tom Buckner  on  Sun Sep 09, 2007  at  03:25 PM
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