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12 artsy animals that paint

By: Bryan Nelson on Dec. 14, 2009, 8 a.m.
Hari and Hakuna, painting meerkats

Photo: San Diego Zoo

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Hari and Hakuna are a pair of artsy meerkats at the San Diego Zoo. The two, seen here, are exhausted after a romp around the canvas with painted paws. It's part of a zoo effort called Art by Animals to raise money for conservation by auctioning off paintings done by resident critters. Last year's event was hosted by wildlife gurus Jack Hanna and Nigel Marven.