I just found out that Flower, the alpha female on the TV show Meerkat Manor died! I've only watched the show a couple of times, and not recently, but this news certainly moved me.
Flower bravely entered the burrow to protect her pups from a cobra (she kept them safe) but she lost her life in the process. My father always said that animals are a gift from God and could teach us more than we could ever teach them -- a little rodent from the Kalahari Desert proved him right. Click here to check out Meerkat Manor.