Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Meerkat Manor, the mourning of flower




Yes, I know some of you might think this is the gayest thing I ve posted about yet. But, to be honest if I really cared what everyone thought, I wouldnt have posted about a lot of what Ive posted about. I am one of those people who happens to love animals, & love watching them in their natural habitat. So like some people I tend to watch things on Animal Planet, like for example Meerkat Manor. Which happens to be my Favorite show, that was until Sept 28th.

I ll explain why I no longer want to watch this show.


Ive watched this show for 3 years now, & Ive managed to become very attached to these little Meerkats, specially the dominant female FLOWER. In the 3 years Ive watched this program, Ive seen life, & death of these little guys. But, this last episode I watched on Sept. 28th, Friday ripped my heart out. I cried myself to sleep that Friday night, then also cried the rest of the weekend. I vowed not to watch it ever again. It was the saddest thing I had ever watched on TV!! I never thought I allowed myself to become that attached to an animal that was half way around the world, stood only inches tall & weighed about 1lb, if that. But after watching I realized just how attached I had become, & being that I am that passionate about them, I couldnt allow myself to have my heartache like that again. Here's what happened in that episode!!






The Whiskers clan is without a matriarch.
Flower, the leader of the central gang of meerkats that is the focus of Animal Planet's documentary cum soap opera Meerkat Manor, died in February during filming of the show's third season after being bitten by a cobra. She was six.
Friday's episode of the hit series, "A Journey's End," featured the events leading up to Flower's untimely death, which occurred during yet another meerkat struggle for survival in South Africa's Kalahari Desert—an inevitable part of the frequently compelling, albeit furry and adorable, drama that has made Meerkat Manor Animal Planet's number-one show.
"Flower's courage and strength in life was mirrored in her passing," said senior executive producer Mick Kaczorowski. "Viewer and fans have become attached to Flower because she exemplified the qualities of a true hero and a veritable leader."
According to Kaczorowski, Flower was buried onsite in a market grave by the Cambridge University scientists who preside over the Kalahari Meerkat Project.
Although Animal Planet didn't televise news of Flower's passing, in order to stave off the viewer confusion that resulted when Flower's son Shakespeare was injured at the end of season one and then was gone by season two, a statement was posted in March on the network's Meerkat Manor message board informing fans that Flower hadn't survived a snakebite and would be missed.
"When Shakespeare disappeared over the season, we weren't filming—there was no evidence, no body," Kaczorowski told the Los Angeles Times. "When we came back in Season 2, everybody was completely frustrated. Conspiracy theories came up. The most important thing is to track down the remains or stay with the body so we could put an end to the story."
Animal Planet is planning a commemorative spot, an online tribute and a press event in New York to honor the Meerkat Manor heroine. There is also a feature film in the works, Queen of the Kalahari, which is intended to be a prequel about Flower's life prior to her small-screen stardom.
"Flower was larger than life," said Marjorie Kaplan, general manager of Animal Planet and Discovery Kids Media. "She stood tall against her foes, readily and regularly faced conflict and was a pillar of strength for her family.
"The circle of life is very much a reality in the animal kingdom. We at Animal Planet are devastated by the loss of Flower and recognize that her death will have a deep impact on our viewers. Life in the Kalahari will never be the same."
Up in the air now is the fate of Zaphod, Flower's partner and the dominant male of the Whiskers mob. If losing his mate proves too much to handle, his brother Youssarian—a former top meerkat who has been pegged as having "social problems"—could rise again.
Flower and Zaphod's son, Mitch, also has exhibited leadership qualities in the wake of his brother Shakespeare's death, and he could be a force to be reckoned with, as well.
It's also unsure who will become the new female leader of the extensive clan. Flower's daughter Mozart is a possibility, but despite being caring and compassionate, she has estranged herself from the family more than once.
No, the above was not a summary of a Dallas episode. Although just as it was for the Ewings when J.R. was shot, the Whiskers' societal order now hangs in the balance.
The daily goings-on at the so-called manor may read like a page from any prime-time soap, replete with jealous exes, sibling rivalry, (meer)kat fights, pregnant daughters getting kicked out of the house and a lot of mating, but the stars of this show don't follow any script.
Instead, it's a group of intrepid researchers, their specially built fiber-optic cameras and some crafty editors that have captured a slice of life that just happens to be taking place, at times, in a burrow.
And while regular watchers of the series might sometimes trick themselves into thinking that they're watching teeny-tiny humans who just happen to have tails, crescent-shaped ears, tapered faces and particularly beady eyes, these mammals are members of the mongoose family.

If you want to watch the episode go to Animalplanet.com & then go to Meerkat Manor & watch the video. Youll see why it was so heart breaking!! Take care everyone!! Love always, MM XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO

20 Comments:

Blogger alan said...

I can understand completely how you feel; I'm the guy who cries at the movies while his wife laughs at him...

So very happy to find you here again, even if it was something so sad that brought you back to us!

alan

10/09/2007 3:17 AM  
Blogger WMC said...

MM,
Don't fear the tears. They show you care. You are better having known Flower. Take care.

10/13/2007 4:49 AM  
Blogger JLee said...

awww!! That is so sad :(
Just remember she is at peace...
Miss you!!

10/13/2007 5:52 AM  
Blogger Marie said...

MM-Just dropping by to say hello! Hope all is well with you.

10/19/2007 12:30 PM  
Blogger BBC said...

That was a different post. I see you posted it a few weeks ago, I wonder why it didn't show up until now. I'm sure I've checked you site at times during the lapse.

I trust that you are feeling better now?

You have been gone so much that I found another woman to flirt with. Actually, I'm quite taken by her.

I hope that all is well with you. Hugs.

10/24/2007 8:51 AM  
Blogger James said...

I am big animal lover myself but I stopped watching that show long ago.

It was too hard to watch the fighting, the ostracizing and the death. I'm sorry Flower died. That is indeed heartbreaking.

I have tears welling up in my eyes so I think I'll stop typing. Poor Flower. :(

10/25/2007 11:10 AM  
Blogger BBC said...

Time heals all wounds, if you allow it to. Hugs.

10/25/2007 8:15 PM  
Blogger Mystical Me said...

Alan,
Your like me!!Lately I cry over everything I watch on TV these days. I should really stop watching TV. XOXO

WMC,
Right now I wish I would never have started watching that show, its just to depressing to always watch their struggles & their deaths. I m not sure it would have been better that I knew Flower (On TV that is) Because it only made it harder on me when she did die. XOXO

JLee,
I can only hope your right!! She really deserves to be at peace. Love ya babe & miss you alot. XOXO

Marie,
All is well with me, I m just becoming depressed over TV shows these days. ;) Love ya!! XOXO

BBC,
AAAHHHHH, I m so bummed even more now. I miss flirting with you. I guess I snooze I loss. Anyway, I would be over it by now, but I just couldnt stop watching that dame show. I just wanted to see if they would be ok with out her. Then another tragidy & then another, UGH. I just got done crying again this last friday & swore once again I wouldnt watch that show again. I guess will see. I hope your doing well. XOXO

James,
Its a really good thing you stop watching it, because it seems now every episode something tragic happens & I m in tears over it. I swore I wouldnt watch it anymore, but yet I do & ended up crying once again when Flowers daughter died last fridays episode. Damit!! XOXO

BBC,
Your right, if I could just stop watching that F---en show I wouldnt always be depressed. XOXO

Love always, MM XOXO

10/29/2007 11:05 AM  
Blogger BBC said...

Hey, I'll still flirt with you if you like. I just want you to know that there is another very special lady in my life that gets me and my journey.

I like everything on the up and up, okay?

Check my blog post on a dance with Goddess. :-)

10/31/2007 8:41 PM  
Blogger BBC said...

Shoot, I forgot to ask you how it is going with those freeloaders you have or had there. So how is it going hon?

10/31/2007 8:43 PM  
Blogger Marie said...

Just dropping by to say hello!

11/15/2007 1:32 PM  
Blogger Bostick said...

I love to get high and watch that show.

11/20/2007 7:53 AM  
Blogger Marie said...

Hey MM-Just dropped by to say hello! I hope you had a good turkey day!

11/26/2007 8:49 AM  
Blogger Mystical Me said...

For some Fucked up reason I am unable to post anything on here. Ive tried 50 times without success. So forgive me for not up dating things that have been going on. I dont know if its the website or my screwed up computer, but I have a lot I want to post about, I m not sure its going to happen. I ll keep trying so I ll let everyone know as soon as I can get one fucking new post up. Is anyone else having problems with this?
Love always, MM XOXO

12/04/2007 11:06 AM  
Blogger JLee said...

Hope you can straighten it out!! xoxo
Maybe change your template?

12/11/2007 2:51 PM  
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12/28/2007 12:28 PM  
Blogger alan said...

Happy (belated) New Year, darling...miss you much!

6 months ago or so there was a major update to "the new" Blogger, and if you didn't update it really went haywire. I don't know if somehow that's why you are having such fits or not, but hope you can figure it out soon, as you are very missed!

alan

1/05/2008 11:01 AM  
Blogger BallerinaGurl said...

When are you posting again babe? Maybe I need to email you on your other profile on MySpace?

1/21/2008 9:27 PM  
Blogger green said...

MM

how are you? I miss your good cheer here in bloggerland, as do others, I see...

Hope you are doing okay in whatever you are doing these days.

Take care,

1/28/2008 2:09 PM  
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