Ajia (left) and Grumpy (right) were the first two meerkats I started working with at the age of 17. Grumpy was the epitome of old; she would have been 12 years old at the least (meerkats live up to 14 years in captivity). She wasn’t the friendliest of ‘kats, but, being an insane meerkat-obsessed gal, I loved her regardless. Grumpy sadly died of old age in March, 2012. I still miss the old girl, but I know I’ll never forget her.
Grumpy’s friend, Ajia, is still alive today and is now in the company of three very young and very hyperactive females, who I simply adore working with.