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Last Updated: Friday September 07 2007 14:43 GMT

In pictures: Meerkat photo joke

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Oops! Loads of reporters (including us at Newsround) got caught up in a joke about a group of meerkats who had apparently taken photos of each other when someone left a camera in their enclosure

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But it turns out it was a hoax and the man who sent the snaps out thought it was a good joke and that no-one would take him seriously

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Staff at Longleat Safari Park DID leave a camera in the creatures' enclosure for a bit, and the meerkats climbed all over it, but they didn't actually take any pics of each other

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Someone then sent them to a news agency which sells stories to newspapers, so lots of papers and websites reported on the story of the amazing meerkats and their snap-happy ways

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But sadly it wasn't true

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All the dodgy shots were taken by a member of staff at the zoo. Sorry guys!



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