Meerkats on a Plane

A flight attendant struggles to cope with a mob of meerkats on a plane that won’t sit down and fasten their seat belts.

Meerkats, Meerkats, Meerkats. This is the largest number of meerkats I’ve ever drawn. In fact, I don’t believe I had attempted to draw one before now. They are strange looking creatures. While drawing them, I kept thinking that what I drew didn’t look right, but then I would look at a reference photo and see that they indeed looked peculiar in that too.

I was reminded that there was a meerkat in Disney’s The Lion King, but I refrained from looking at that as I didn’t want to subconsciously draw a plethora of Timon-esque meerkats. Doing so might have resulted with a warthog or two on the plane as well.

I haven’t seen Snakes on a Plane, but I imagine the snakes are a little more disorderly in the movie than the meerkats appear to be on this plane. Here, they seem to be quite orderly. All but one are in a seat. Their recalcitrance, much to the dismay of the flight attendant, is in their chronic uprightness.

To be honest, I was pretty much over meerkat drawing by the end of this. I wanted to have a full plane, but maybe three meerkats and a flight attendant in a Cessna would have sufficed. On the bright side, I may be able to smuggle this in to the Christmas drawings by giving one of the meerkats a Santa hat and titling it “The Forty-Ninth Day of Christmas”.

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  1. Lyn Rowland

    Love the plane load, it is sooo meerkatish, and I love the little creatures . Well done, please do more, you’ll probably hate me for that?!! I don’t know why it has taken so long for cartoonists and creators of adverts etc. to use the meerkats as they are perfect for such things for they have so much character, or not.
    Looking forward to more meerkats!

    • Thingsesque

      Thanks Lyn. It took quite a bit of time to herd them all onto the plane.
      I would like to do more in future and in case you haven’t seen them, there are other pics here:

      Meerkat Therapy
      Meerkat Family Portrait

      They do seem to be very popular in advertisements of late.
      I will add an update below at the next meerkat sighting.

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