On the 26th of September i went out to the meerkats like every other afternoon to find the meerkats and see where they will sleep. Usually the are at the burrows at aprox 15 min before the sun go's down, but not that day. Now when i don't find them in that time i have to look at all the burrows in the burrowing area before it get's to dark. The burrowing area is about 25 hectare 's big, that gives you a circumference of roughly 3 km, and that night i walked around the burrowing area 4 time's to make sure i do not miss them somewhere at one of the secondary burrows.
Halfway through my 5th lap of the area, in almost total darkness i found Molly looking very lost and sitting at the main burrows.
I assumed that they were trapped somewhere and only made it home very late, and i thought that Molly were the last one to go down into the burrows. So i went home.
The next morning i arrived at the borrows with 4 guests in tow. And there in the ray's of the morning sun was the silhouette of Molly looking out for the rest of her family. That gave away that she was home alone, because she never got up before the other meerkat's.
So for the second time this year the family has vanished or went on holiday, sleeping at their holiday home and i don't have a clue where that is.
So against my principal of putting radio collard on my meerkats i have decided to now buy a radio collar. So if anyone knows where to buy radio collars and equipment i might be in the market.
That afternoon i went and tried to find them. i even followed Molly on a couple of wild goose chases but no success. On our last fruitless walkabout to no where madam Molly started developing some urgency to get back to the main burrows and lo and behold there their were.
Liefie's second pregnancy for this season in developing nicely and it should happen arround the end of ocktober, if my calculations are correct.