The much-loved meerkat is a sociable animal. They live in large groups, performing different roles – sentry, babysitter, digger and forager. Meerkats are quite vocal, producing a range of noises; they can chirrup, trill, growl or bark depending on circumstances. Timon in The Lion King is a meerkat, and dressed-up meerkats have also been used in advertising. The knitted meerkat is ideal; the real versions make bad pets because they are aggressive and prone to biting visitors.