Scratch and Sniff

Spy Creatures’ Memorable Moments

“Spy Meerkat was the first Spy Creature made for the series. We worked closely with scientists to ensure the first deployment was successful. They highlighted the importance of smell in meerkat society and advised we anoint spy meerkat with the smell of the meerkat group we planned to film. So we collected fresh meerkat droppings and smeared small amounts onto Spy Meerkat. It worked! Although very curious at first, the entire group (mob) approached Spy Meerkat and sniffed and scratched at him. They quickly accepted Spy Meerkat.” – Producer Phil Dalton

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