A Meer Victory
With their strong arms and slender bodies it's no wonder, really, that meerkats are the top competitive swimmer of the animal kingdom. Being small burrowing mammals, they have highly developed musculature in their forearms from all the digging and have become proficient at using their tails as directional rudders. Meerkats hid this aquatic skill for many years, until the first Pan-Fauna Olympics in 1898, where they took gold in every category, with the notable exception of the backstroke, which, of course, went to the sea otters.
Meerkats currently run one the most rigorous Olympic training programs, though despite repeated requests from other nations and phlya to share their techniques, it remains an insular community which jealously guards their secrets. It is perhaps no wonder, therefore, that meerkats remain to swimming as hippos are to Greco-Roman wrestling.
Story By Aaron Greyson and Ilan Schraer
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