Is ProfG a Meerkat?

Is ProfG a meerkat?

Yesterday ProfG was called a Meerkat (Stands on a perch and then runs back down the hole if challenged) allegedly by someone’s Neuro…….What do you think? Or was it just trolling?

For those of you who don’t know a Meerkat is a social, small mongoose from South Africa. In the UK they are well known TV personalities who speak with a Russian Accent.

Would you rather your neuro is the arrogant bow-tied type, who knows best and can’t change their mind?.

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  • Not entirely understanding the context or the point of this post. He’s to large to be a Meerkat anyway.

  • No thanks I’ve seen more than enough arrogant types. I like ProfG he’s trying to get info out to the public as well as debate and admit when he’s wrong. When all you’ve had is a 3 min phone call in 6 months, this is great. I suspect the consultants who moan are the ones who want to hold onto the info as knowledge is power and don’t want any change to the status quo.

  • Fact #1 – Meerkats are immune to venom
    Meerkats may be able to handle a bite from some types of venomous snakes. Biologists have discovered meerkats are immune to some snakes’ venom as they belong to the mongoose family. In some parts of the world, people prize mongooses as house guards because they can battle with deadly snakes, like cobras. If bitten they feel unwell for serval hours but make a full recovery.

    Fact#2 – Meerkats are actually pretty tough if you look like lunch
    Meerkats may looks absolutely adorable but they lead dangerous lives. They have developed a technique for handling the venom found in scorpions, which they eat. When a scorpion sees a meerkat it moves in quickly for the kill. The scorpion may be aware a meerkat is close by, but it grabs the arachnid so fast it can’t attack. First the meerkat zeroes in on the tail biting off the scorpion’s stinger and discarding it. Without its tail the scorpion can’t strike delivering venom. The pincers may cause a nasty nip, but that’s all. There is however still venom on its exoskeleton. To combat this, meerkats have learned to rub scorpions in the sand to remove any remaining venom. Lunch is served!

    Fact#3 – Meerkats are highly intelligent
    Meerkats are much smarter than they look. A recent study at St Andrews University – Scotland – found meerkats use complex coordinated behaviour, which rivals that of chimps, baboons, dolphins and even humans. They solve tasks with help from their mob but also a bit of independent thought. The study saw meerkats engaged in a wide variety of social and asocial behaviours to solve tasks. In general the social factors helped draw the meerkats into the task, while the asocial processes helped them actually solve it.

    Fact#4 – Meerkats are omnivores!
    You may be surprised to learn meerkats are omnivores – they eat fruit and vegetables as well as animals. Unlike humans, they have no excess body fat stores and therefore foraging for food is a constant activity. Their diet mostly consists of insects, which they sniff out using their enhanced sense of smell. They also eat small rodents, fruit, birds, eggs, lizards and as we’ve seen poisonous scorpions as well as snakes.

    Fact#5 – The desert is dry but meerkats don’t drink water
    Despite living in the desert unbelievably meerkats do not need extra water in their diets. They get all the moisture they need from the insects and grubs they eat. A human would die within 3 – 5 days without additional water.

    A group of meerkats working togetherScorpion with tail raised ready to attack

    Fact#6 – Meerkats live in all kinds of deserts
    Meerkats live in all parts of the Kalahari Desert in Botswana, in much of the Namib Desert in Namibia and south-western Angola and in South Africa.

    Fact#7 – Meerkats have remarkable eyesight
    They can spot birds miles away on the horizon! Vision is their most developed sense. They have dark patches around their eyes to cut down glare from the sun and help them see far into the distance. Long, horizontal pupils give meerkats a wide range of vision without having to turn their head around. Meerkats are built for digging and have a membrane that can cover the eye to protect it while they are digging.

    Fact#8 – Meerkats can grow remarkably old
    Meerats can live up to eight years in the wild but life can be harsh and they have many predators. In captivity they live between 12 – 14 years and have been known to live up to 20 years.


  • Please continue to change your mind if you feel that’s the right thing to do…..that’s because it’s the right thing to do!!!!
    I’d much prefer that!

  • I would much rather have a neurologist that changed their mind based on clinical study results than someone who stuck to the same old schtick year on year. Isn’t that what evidence-based practice is all about?

    I’m sorry that you have to put up with the occasional trolls on here, and I know that a lot of us (me included) whinge in the replies, but I honestly think that that’s often through frustration when we hear what your patients are offered by your team. It sounds pretty bloody awesome and I can only envy the PwMS that live in your health authority area.

    Personally speaking, this blog has been a game-changer for me. I’m a clueless MS-newbie and I just wish I’d found it last year when I was diagnosed and not last month. I haven’t yet dared to say “Prof G says” to my neuro (and probably never will) but my poor friends get regular Prof G and MD updates. They haven’t got a clue what I’m on about, but they listen anyway. I’m really grateful for the knowledge that you share, the time you take to answer questions on here and the work you do every day to support PwMS. Thank you. Meerkats are pretty awesome. Simples.

    • …And how serendipitous that I have just watched the life of Pi – where there was a whole island of meerkats (spoiler – the island turned out to be carnivorous…)
      A certain neurologist dr bee has been made a millionaire directly from pharmaceutical companies (check out Docsfordollars if you don’t believe me) and makes a fortune from car salesman-esque u tube video
      hmmm He could try using his obvious intelligence to come up with a cure✨ or treatment with long term benefits;not a money spinner primarily for his own benefit….
      Unlike The Don G and compadres, Who uses half of their precious energy tirelessly researching, thinking about said research and keeping us informed by writing these regular blogs👏

  • The “Maven” Meerkat 🙂

    Social behaviour
    Encounters between members of different packs are highly aggressive, leading to severe injuries and sometimes deaths.

    watch out 🙂

    “Meerkats are generally tame animals.[2] However, they are unsuitable as a pets as they can be aggressive and have a strong, ferret-like odour.[50] In South Africa meerkats are used to kill rodents in rural households and lepidopterans in farmlands.”

    Doc Mousw lock the beasties 🙂

    2 meerkat

  • It’s no insult. Meerkats are very endearing. I got a whole family thanks to my car insurance renewals. I’m normally very sensible, but I’m very fond of them.

  • I think “changing your mind” is the wrong term. I would call it “learning”. Without being able to learn and adapt, humanity – including characterful meerkats – would all have become extinct a long time ago. Learning, as in admitting you were wrong and trying out a better course of action is nothing like (cowardly?) “running down a hole” either. It is keeping standing, taking a deep breath and taking a next step anew. But I think you know this already and did not need this answer 🙂 I just wonder what kind of animal someone would be who feels so threatened by somebody’s high capacity to learn and develop and adapt that they would call them a meerkat. Or did they mean it as a compliment? If you look at the zoology posted above, maybe it was grudging admiration?



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