Next Season, On “Meercat Manor”

The Whiskers family, tired of spending cold winters underground, pools their appearance fees from season one and buys a McMansion in foreclosure.  Catch the season opener Thursday at 8 PM, followed by an all-new “Flip This Burrow.”


I just love what they’ve done with the place, Rachel N.



  1. They look like they should be roasting little marshmallows.

  2. ashagato says:

    when can i visit?

  3. How romantic! I bet they’re having champagne and strawberries later.

  4. Kristabelle says:

    That’s crazy!! They must be very warm!

  5. I’d love to know the backstory on this situation!

  6. Ahhhn! Look how they hold out their little cold paws!

  7. Katiedid says:

    Awww.. *head tilt*.. Toasty little meermellows!!!

  8. I agree Deb! What’s the backstory on this one?

    Ummm….maybe it’s just my imagination….and I don’t mean to be gross…. but towards the front of the fire…in the fire….is that a meerkat?

    [Oh yeah definitely. That’s not firewood, it’s ALL MEERKATS. And the stonework around the fireplace is actually TURTLES 😛 – Ed.]


    can i have some meerkats move in with me?????? it would be so much better than Prozac!

  10. chanpon says:

    “See, I told you the renovations would be worth it. Just think of the resale value of our burrow now! How much do you think we can flip this place for now?”

    I think the show needs to be renamed Meerkat Mansion now.

  11. Argyle Donkeypants says:

    Waitaminnit waitaminnit. Hang on.

    The one on the left…I could be imagining it…but I see something…purple. Doth mine eyes deceive me? Could it be…a scarf?

  12. Katiedid says:

    Can we get a Meer-hance to maybe see if there is a scarf on the meercat?? Or is that too deadly???

  13. Kristabelle says:

    @Ed – HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA! I am not supposed to chortle at work!!! 😀

    Also, the first thing that came to my mind when I clicked back to CO was – “M’m, M’m, Toasty!”

  14. Keep your leetle wheeskers out of the flames, li’l meerkats.

  15. Ah ha ha ha!!! Rofl. This is the funniest caption yet. Love eet!

  16. Argyle — I was going to taunt (again), but y’know, upon closer inspection… huh. I do see some purple.

  17. cutemonger says:

    i’m surprised only one person has mentioned it. it’s probably a case of pareidolia but for whatever reason, it looks like there’s a meerkat roasting on an open fire.
    i wish there was a higher res pic to click on, but near the front of the fire, there’s a pink shape. it looks like he’s laying down on his back, facing the right of the picture.
    i’m not the type who sees the virgin mary in a piece of toast but this is so bizarre, i can’t believe other ppl aren’t seeing it even if it is imaginary.

  18. It looks like the one on the left is wearing a teeeeny scarf!!

  19. Thank you Cutemonger! I thought I was going crazy! You are seeing exactly what I’m seeing. ?????

  20. Hot coals, peeps. You’re imagining things.

  21. (also, good word, Cutemonger)

  22. brinnann says:

    Well of course it’s another meerkat! This picture is from their seasonal sacrifice to their god Nom.

  23. Ha! The alt-text made me laugh out loud at work… my cubemates think I’m crazy now, I’m sure.

  24. papagenothehedgehog says:

    Speaking of pareidolia, look at the log that is just jutting into the imaginary roasted meerkat– tell me that does not look like a snout! And then two half-closed eyes looking straight at the living meerkats! The fire-face is all like, “Whoa, super scarf you got there, Miss Bianca!”

  25. great! 🙂

  26. The TAILS! Oh, oh, oh!

  27. brinnann says:

    @ papagenothehedgehog: I think you’ve spotted Sirius Black! I thought he was dead, though… 😕

  28. hon glad says:

    They can ask some of our MP’s how to claim for burrow and mansion.

  29. cutemonger says:

    don’t get me wrong, i’m not under the impression they’re actually roasting a little dude, but that was the first thing i saw in the fire. maybe i need to stop watching so many horror movies.

  30. Argyle Donkeypants says:

    Theo, you would taunt me a second-a time-a?!

  31. [aside] Fetchez la vache.

  32. cheesybird says:

    You know that sound? The one that you hear in cartoons when a character can’t believe his eyes and gives his head a bit of a shake just to make sure he saw right? Yeah, that’s the sound my head just made.

  33. celeste says:

    it really does look like there is a meerkat in the fire. i enlarged the picture and although the quality is bad there is definitely what appears to be a meerkat head in the front center of the fire as well as a (mangled) body. it’s actually pretty disturbing.

  34. Argyle Donkeypants says:

    Run awaaay! Run awaaay!

  35. It’s a meer-age!

  36. donkeyinawhitecoat says:

    llism, someone needs to do a quick and dirty photoshop of the little guys roasting marshmallows, if only to clear our heads from the crematoria situation in the fire itself.

  37. Camille says:

    It’s wood, people. Sheesh. What is this mass hallucination going on here?

  38. Argyle Donkeypants says:

    Perhaps it was a witch. And what do we do with witches?

  39. Argyle, we burn them.

    And what do we burn, apart from witches?

    More witches!

  40. chanpon says:

    @hon glad – I don’t know if that would work, though if they wanted to put a moat in, I think the MPs would be all for it.

  41. @Argyle: Burn them!!!!

    @Hon Glad: snerk!

    Perhaps this is a photo of meerkat funereal practices?

    Another MP ref: We could burn her….’course it’s a bit of shock if she’s not quite dead.)

  42. brinnann says:

    M’kay, I saved the pic and opened it in MS Picture Manager. Then I clicked on the AutoCorrect opshun. I still dunno what it is, but it’s definitely NOT a meerkat. 🙄

  43. brinnann says:

    Oh, forgot to add, I embiggened it quite a bit as well. The pic becomes fuzzy, of course, but it still doesn’t look like a meerkat.

  44. WendyPinNJ says:


    Wook how wittew they are! The scroll-down to their teeny tininess surprised me!

  45. sunnymum says:

    I don’t think it is a meerkat in the fire. But it’s the only pink thing in the fire and it’s distracting me from the cute! And if that is a purple scarf on the mister then I am DED from the qte!

  46. Kristabelle says:

    I’m not a witch!!!

  47. Mikeyfur says:

    OK…We know it isn’t a meerkat roasting, but Dez is right. You can see what looks like a meerkat eye and a pointy little meerkat nose [pointing right]. It does look like a meerkat head!

  48. Purple scarf?? Can’t you just picture them knitting!

  49. Katrina says:

    brinnann-thank you for embiggening it. Your scrupulous research methods are just what we all needed. Can you see if there really is a purple scarf? I think it might be a piece of purple yarn, like marking puppies in a litter, probably because they are all identical. Remember the purple hell-cat of a dog from the webcam? I wonder how all those almost growed-up doggies are.

    Funny things, Meerkats, no doubt about it. Could this be a false image or do all the pixels line up?

  50. Uff, that does soooooo look like a meerkat in the fire. That is really strange, the face looks identical to the ones standing on the side.

  51. skippymom says:

    Yay! Another Dylan Thomas paraphrase-opp!
    “meerkats in their fur-abouts watched the fires”
    What’s weird is I was thinking of this line this morning before I ever saw this picture. Premon-i-shons!

  52. Katiedid says:

    I was thinkin about the purple scarf .. maybe its one of those harnesses they have for small dogs or cats… just a thought….
    or maybe someone took the time to knit a very tiny scarf???? 😀

  53. skippymom says:

    And yeah, kinda hate to join in, but it does look like a meerkat roasting. Looks as though he’s reaching out his right arm toward the other two. I vote it’s a ghost.

    [Oh stop. Floo powder doesn’t work either. 😛 – Ed.]

  54. Tractatus Blorpico-Philosophicus says:

    If these dudes had just had a fire bowl, their friend wouldn’t have fallen into the fire accidentally…

    [ *facepalm* – Ed.]

  55. brinnann says:

    Katrina, I’ll double-check the pixels again. (At least, I think I’m doing it right.) The purple looks more like a tiny harness to me.

  56. Mary (the first) says:

    It doesn’t look like a meerkat in the fire to me, not to mention can you really picture people with a house like that and pet meerkats that they’ve actually put collars or scarves on .. throwing a meerkat into the blaze? Seriously ?? At worst, maybe the kats had a stuffed meerkat “buddy” that for some reason fell into the fire and that’s why they’re looking sadly at it .. their stuffed animal is ablaze.. but that’s the worst I can come up with.

  57. Lillith says:

    She turned me into a newt!

    OK its wood and ashes on the fire but I can see after it was pointed out how some people might think its not.

  58. brinnann says:

    The pixels look natural to me, but I’m no photo-whiz so I could be wrong. I still don’t see the meerkat in the fire, no matter which way I look at it. But when I blew up the image it did kinda look like a pink sheet of paper with the image of the Virgin Mary on it. (No, srsly, that’s the only image I can see in it.)

  59. skippymom says:

    LOL @ Mary! Not only throwing it into the blaze but taking a picture of the other two watching it burn! Ha!

  60. um, is that on the new hybrid network – AHGTV?

  61. 1st Meerkat: “I think the peasants are getting ready to storm the castle again: they’re waving pitchforks and jeering!”
    2nd Meer kat: “You may be right: let’s warm ourselves some more; then we’ll hide the rest of the firewood and use it later with the catapult!”

  62. Jezebel says:

    Can someone please stick a fork in that meercat in the fire? I think it may be done. And I is hungry!

  63. Sporkles says:

    At first, I saw The Meerkat in the Fire too, but it got me thinking about when I worked at a vet’s office that had a crematorium. Burning flesh smells *terrible* and I doubt the other two meerkats would be standing so close. Also, don’t temperatures have to be really high to burn a body completely (like in a crematorium)? With this little fire, it might only leave just a crispy body afterwards, which would defeat the purpose of throwing it in the fire (disposal).

    Plus, I trust Meg and NTMTOM to not show pictures of burning meerkitties.

    [Do I detect a strategic omission, there? And rightly so? 😈 – Ed.]

  64. skippymom says:

    Mr. Ed, despite being a children’s librarian, I had to look up Floo Powder. The shame.


  65. skippymom says:

    Sporkles, I wouldn’t be so sure. I mean, they showed a tastefully laid-out dead hamster; isn’t that pretty much a gateway straight to flaming meerkats?

  66. Skippymom,

    So you’re saying hamster is the gateway drug? 🙂

    (On an unrelated note, The Flaming Meerkats would make a great name for a band!)

  67. catloveschanel says:

    Next chapter… “Out of the Frying Pan, Into the Fire.”

  68. skippymom says:

    Actually, Steve Lipscomb was lead singer in a garage band called “The Flaming Meerkats” from ’77 to ’79. I once went to a party they played. They were TERRIBLE.

  69. I zoomed in and that is definitely a meercat in the fire. I posted the outline of his body

  70. Since we cannot edit.. here is the link…

  71. Kristabelle says:

    OMG! You GUYS! You have got to stop making me laugh so hard at work!!!!

    I have tears in my eyes – seriously!!! 😀

  72. brinnann says:

    Oh c’mon, don’t make me outline the Virgin Mary for you guys…

  73. Kristabelle says:

    DO IT, Brin! DO EEEET!!!!!!!

  74. Of course it’s not a meerkat in the fire. It’s Al Capone. And a tiny shrunken kingdom of Atlantis.

  75. That looks *exactly* like the outline of a meerkat, except for the fact that it doesn’t.

    I take that back. If meerkats are really amorphous blobs, then it’s totally a meerkat. Or possibly a sea sponge.

    [Or, say, a glowing crater in the coals? An “ash hole”, if you will? 😉 – Ed.]

  76. Oh Ed, that would make entirely too much sense :-P.

    [Call me Theo. 🙂 – Ed.]

  77. brinnann says:

    Carp! None of the programs I have will let me do what I want! I can AutoCorrect in MS Picture, draw in Paint, and I can do both in PhotoBukkit but the line size is huge when I zoom in to where I need to be.

    Though it disturbs me to admit this, after looking at Thomas’s picture again I can see how it could be mistaken for a meerkat. 😳 But if you look closely you can tell that the dark spots that are supposedly the brown markings on the top of his head (his meerkat-mohawk) are pieces of the adjacent logs running perpendicular to each other. The black spot that is supposedly his eye is just a charred piece of wood. And his left rear paw is part of a flame.

  78. Wait… it’s not Friday, is it? 😐
    [glances toward CO desk calendar]
    [realizes it’s days behind]
    …oh bother.

  79. Wait wait WAIT I know — it’s a PHOENIX MEERKAT!
    They’re SPOZETA look like that!! 😀
    Very rare, too.

  80. berthaservant says:

    This is the story behind this photo:

    Let my inspiration flow,
    Token rhyme suggesting rhythm
    That will not forsake me until my tale is told and done.

    While the fire light’s aglow
    Strange shadows from the flames will grow
    Til things we’ve never seen will seem familiar.

    Shadows of a sailor forming,
    Winds both foul and fair all swarm,
    Down in Carlisle, he loved a lady, many years ago.

    Here beside him stands a man,
    A soldier from the looks of him,
    Who came through many fights, and lost in love.

    While the storyteller speaks,
    A door within the fire creaks,
    Suddenly flies open, and a girl is standing there

    “Which of you to gain me tell,
    Will risk uncertain pains of hell?
    I will not forgive you if you will not take a chance.”

    The sailor gave at least a try,
    The soldier being much too wise,
    Strategy was his strength, not disaster.

    The sailor coming out again,
    The lady fairly leapt at him,
    That’s how it stands today,
    You decide if he was wise.

    The storyteller makes no choice
    Soon you will not hear his voice
    His job is to shed light, not to master.

  81. …and here’s me, still waiting for the punch line. 😉

  82. skippymom says:

    That’s right, Theo: we trust Meg and Nomtom not to show us horrible, disturbing pictures like this, but we damned well don’t trust you!

    [Dum te dum te dum… 🙄 – Ed.]

  83. Didn’t say I knew why someone would stick a Meerkat in a fire but it sure looks like they did and obvy I’m not the only one who thinks that. It would be nice to have a better quality picture. You zoom in and it’s so pixelated. If it’s not then it’s sure a huge coincidence that there is a coal or piece of wood or whatever in there that looks exactly like the head of the other meerkats. I’m actually suprised more people don’t see it. (*shrug*)

  84. “Flip this burrow.” Lol!

    That was comedy gold. I got nuthin’.

  85. I’m not surprised at all. Stare into a campfire long enough — in realtime, mind you — and you’ll see all kinds of crazy crap. And that’s before your hippie camping buddies break out the funny stuff.

  86. Mary (the first) says:

    @ BerthaServ .. very reminiscent of Barry Manilow…. almost more horrifying than a flaming meerkat.

  87. Mary (the first) says:

    @SkippyMom, yes, that was next, “Let’s throw Suzy into the fire so Mangrove and Herbie can watch her burn .. AND THEN TAKE A PICTURE! ” Inconceivable. Seriously.

  88. Mary (the first) says:

    (cont.d)” AND THEN SEND IT TO Cute Overload!”

  89. skippymom says:

    Hey, Mary, watch it! I was madly in love with Barry Manilow when he first made it big! And then I, well, recovered, thank goodness.

    “Mangrove and Herbie”, snerk.

  90. brinnann says:

    😆 OMG Teho your “ash hole” and “Phoenix Meerkat” are gonna get me in troubles!

  91. brinnann says:

  92. @Mary -Do we know that the same person who sent it in is the one who took it? Is it possible that they found the pic somewhere on the internet and sent it in? Maybe the pic has been edited.

  93. oh fer CRYIN. 🙄
    Don’t make me turn this into a SHOOP DA WOOP, goofballs.

  94. brinnann says:

    A whu?

  95. superboymom says:

    Is it just me or does one of the sticks of wood outside the fireplace look exactly like a Pat & Oscar’s breadstick?

  96. brinnann says:

    *snerk* Superboymom, I hadta Google that.

  97. donkeyinawhitecoat says:


    [OK OK, no need to shout – Ed.]

  98. Camille says:

    Jimmy Hoffa! I see Jimmy Hoffa in the fire!

  99. Cambridge Rat Mom says:

    LMAO–Flip this Burrow!!

  100. I’m still waiting for the peasants to storm the castle (then it won’t matter a heck of a lot WHAT’S in the fire!!!!!) 😯

  101. Raemie L. says:

    I suppose it’s not a good time to bring up that meerkats are also called sticktails.

  102. KatieKat says:

    I think it’s Joaquin Phoenix in the fire. …or is it Johnny Depp?

    Regardless, WHY has no one asked why this person has two MEERKATS IN THEIR HOUSE?! (plus a potential third, barbecued meerkat, plus potential specters/Harry Potter characters).

    I guess after the moose, fennec, and loris, meerkats are par for the course.

  103. skippymom says:

    It’s not Joaquin Phoenix, it’s Johnny Cash.
    [buHAHAHAHAHAAHAH *snort* – Ed.]

    And Katie, not really understanding why you think there’s anything odd or remarkable about this situation.

  104. maralisil says:

    OOoo, is it Prof. Snape? I likes him! Someone has obviously made a pet out of 2 of these critters, better than letting them starve to death or be killed without their family to protect ’em (see Meerkat Manor, when the wayward pregnant girls get evicted!) BTW, if there were a dead meerkat there, those two would be long gone, not looking on mournfully. Gosh, they’re so little, too!

  105. For the first time in his short married life, Hamish felt a whisker of doubt about Molly, his sweet new bride, when he came home from the office and she presented him with her first home-cooked dinner. “I call it meercat meatloaf surprise!” she said, a little over-enthusiastically. Suddenly Hamish remembered the mailman’s truck still parked outside…

  106. Oh boy, what a romantic couple !

  107. Moxiemade says:

    Here’s the pic a little larger:

  108. That has got to be the best caption yet! ROFLMAO!!!

  109. Argyle Donkeypants says:

    So, um, whatever happened with the, um, the issue of the scarf? It’s ’cause, it looks like Lefty there is wearing one.

  110. Ok, seriously, people, in allllll this uproar over the fire, the meerkat in it (not real, but I can see how people would see it), the purple scarf (I want to believe it’s true), no one has actually dug up the backstory of WHY the meerkats are hanging out with the humans inside, near the fire??? I want to know the story!!!

  111. Subhangi says:

    Are they really that tiny, or is that a HUGE fireplace?

    (No fireplaces where I am. Tropical, y’know.)

  112. You know, I *never* saw the “meerkat”/”meerkat-face” in the fire at first ’til you all pointed it out–Definitely pareidoliac. It’s all just ashes (LOL, Teho, BTW 😉 )
    and coals. If you watch a campfire, there *will* be pink at the center when it’s hot enough. You can also see a faint coral-colored glow reflected off the rock of the fireplace itself, attesting the glow is a byproduct of how the firelight is viewed. Besides, WERE it a real “sacrificial meerkat,” as it were, the fur would singe first, giving the corpse-object a blackened rather than pink or flesh-like appearance as is “observed” here. Lastly, the body would get all dry and stringy before it caught since it’s on the edge of the fire, whereas this object looks pinkish and for lack of a better word, moist. Which is why “fresh meat” would dampen flames. Usually. And this is why we do not cook food directly on the coals, because the moisture in the meat (or veggies!) would put out the fire. Kind of an eerie coincidence though, all told. Now, back to the commentary on Teh Qte(tm): HOW on earth does someone have not housecats, but house’Kats!?!? Too steekin’ cute! And as to Subhangi’s question, probably both a large fireplace and a contrast with small animals, though due to perspective, each feature exaggerates the other, making the big look bigger comparatively and the small smaller.
    Aaaaaaaand, so this is all you ever wanted to know and then some about reflected firelight, potentially not-really-sacrificial meerkats, and matters of visual perspective.
    Come back for net week’s “Dr. Aquila” lecture when we learn why we as humans Can’t Resist Teh Qte(tm) –And yes, it is a real, scientifically-proven phenomenon that humans are hard-wired to respond to “cuteness.” Look it up!

  113. Katrina says:

    Um, could they be Viking Meerkats ‘sending off’ a hero Meerkat?

  114. yoyolise says:

    “Compare the meerkats dot com!”

  115. Oh, they’re just having a chat with Sirius Black. He’s totally misunderstood, you know.

  116. Oh, I see. Somebody already made that joke.

    Hmm… fireplace reference… fireplace reference… preferably something with “NOM” in it… and a talking horse, maybe… hmmmmm…

  117. Whoa… it’s like Dr. Who and Torchwood, all in one.

  118. They are anagrams, you know…

  119. puddlepeppers says:

    Enjoyed all the comments…really.

  120. Holy crap, I never realised my pic MADE it to the Cute, because I was in bed with the flu! So firstly, YAY!!! And secondly, I NEVER EVER even noticed there was potentially something else in the fire!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :O I sincerely DOUBT that it is even anything more than a piece of paper. As far as my knowledge goes, this was taken at a place somewhere here in South Africa (Harrismith, I think), where they LOVE and ADORE animals and were simply sharing their toasty warm fire with some cold meerkitties. I am trying to locate the rest of the back story as I type. Shows you – never delete the original emails you get these pics from! *sigh*

  121. brinnann says:

    @ Rach: Thanks for the update! Congrats on teh postingk!

    @ the pareidoliaphiles: Told ya so! 😛

  122. 😕 That sounds like something they put in lube for those among us who are prophylactose intolerant.

  123. I found this link, the closest to a source I could find, but I think we need not worry, y’all:

  124. I propose that only the colorblind (or non-hallucinating) should be allowed to view CO to prevent future misunderstandings.

  125. Meer_k_ats … please spell my favowite animuhls cowwectwy … C:

  126. wannadance says:

    what actually is a meercat? and how many are in that pic? it’s like where’s waldo? or something. i was looking with some distress at the fire wood and worrying about invisible meers, whatever they are.

    it’s been raining straight down for many days and i feel like the illustrated man on venus…


  127. @wannadance this should help:

    Believe me, they are the CUTEST things to see in real life!! Especially the leetle babies! And I know a few people who have them as pets. They can get quite jealous and possessive of their Humans.

    Rach N

  128. Rooanne says:

    OK I am very late to this VERY funny party – but one question remains unanswered:

    What about the purple scarf????

  129. They’re warming their lil’ hands by the fire!

  130. I knit. I’m happy to make meerkat scarves, but only if I get to visit and hang out with the ‘kats in front of the fire. I bet I could get TONS of scarves out of a single (purple) skein. I’d better go order some yarn!

  131. FunkySiren says:

    Wow! I just went on a trip…and never even left the room. Thank you crazy hallucinating people out there for the funniest 15 minutes today. smiles :-))

  132. There IS a merekitty roasting in that fire….
    ooooooh, not cute not cute NOT CUTE! Ohhhh…. well…
    Maybe the non burned ones….
    and hey! I didn’t know merekitties made scarfs!

  133. Georgia says:

    that is so wierd! I saw the meerkat in the fire too! I bet I` m imagining things ~! That is so gross!