I've only watched two full episodes of Meerkat Manor but it's a stark reminder of the cruelty of nature. The show introduces the two pups Lenny and Squiggy, adorable baby meerkats. By the end of the episode they are both dead. Lenny and Squiggy are abandoned above-ground by all the other meerkats when they spot a predatory bird. The adults head underground and the bird takes his pick. Being a smart bird he choses the bigger stronger Lenny. Squiggy, the smaller meerkat with a deformed leg, is left behind. His handicap makes it difficult for him to keep up and he just doesn't learn to take care of himself fast enough. Eventually, when food becomes scarce, they just abandon him in the desert. C'est la vie. Like I said, sucky.