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Wood you spot the meerkats Faces of three beady-eyed inquisitive creatures found in fence panel
Knot formation gives impression of grinning meerkat faces
16:44 GMT, 26 November 2012
Pamela Warriner, 75, had to ‘compare the meerkat’ when she saw the faces of three of
the weasel-like animals engrained in her new garden fence.
knots in the grain of the wood appeared to form the beady eyes, pointy nose and
grinning mouth of the inquisitive creature.
the thin cut of the wood for the fence panels meant the impression has been repeated
three times over.
Wood you believe it: Pensioner Pamela Warriner, 75, couldn't believe her eyes when she spotted three meerkat faces peering out from her fence panel
son Marius took a snap of the fence when he recently visited Pamela’s home in
38, a railway worker, said: 'The fence actually belongs to my mum’s neighbour,
it’s just a normal one you can buy from a DIY store.
I went round to visit my mum I saw the markings on the fence for the first
couldn’t believe it when I saw these three faces that look like meerkats.
and I compared the other side of the fence but that was normal.”
– Suricata suricatta in Latin – are from the Mongoose family and come from
central and south Africa.
Knot an every day occurrence: The knots in the grain of the wood appeared to form the beady eyes, pointy nose and grinning mouth of the inquisitive creature
live in large families in burrows and work as a team with some standing on
their hind legs keeping look-out, thereby allowing the others to forage and
now have a cult following after they featured in TV adverts for insurance firm
Compare the Market.
Safety in numbers: Meerkats live in large families in burrows and work as a team with some standing on their hind legs keeping look-out, thereby allowing the others to forage and dig