The whole premise seemed a little crazy to begin with: Meerkat Manor is a reality TV show on Animal Planet that follows a family of meerkats living in the Kalahari. The program is narrated by the actor, Sean Astin, who played Sam Gamgee (Frodo's hobbit friend) in The Lord of the Rings. There's female rivalry, adolescent misbehaving, and meerkats in exile. Basically it's a soap opera starring critters.
Recently, the matriarch of the program was killed by a snakebite, prompting this page on the Animal Planet site and this coverage from AdAge on an event that was held in Flower's honor in New York.
The program has gotten good reviews, and the premise is so original it's not surprising that the show would get some attention. But turning Flower's death into an event is even more creative than the show itself.
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