The meerkat is a mongoose from South African savannas. About 12 inches tall. Eat bugs, snakes, rodents, even scorpions
I'm no expert on the two, butt the meerkat seems to have a highly developed social structure, a family or clan that hunts in a pack with lookouts, baby sitters and eat almost anything they can catch.
I watched a special once on PBS where a guy filmed their activities and he was tolerated so much so that a lookout would climb up on his shoulder for a better view.
Respect the Elders, Teach the Young, cooperate with the Family, Play when you can, Work when you should, Rest in between. Share your Affection, Voice your Feelings, Leave your Mark.
Disguised as a responsible adult