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Now I have to admit I am not a huge fan of a lot of garden ornaments I generally prefer the subtle type of thing of some pretend butterflies or a twinkling toadstool. However I do have a young child and his taste is a lot different in some ways to mine and my husbands. It is because of this that we are now the proud owners of a pirate meerkat in our garden following a trip to our local garden centre. Our son has seen various plastic and stone animal ornaments in our neighbour's garden and had decided that he had to have one too. So some reward charts later and he had earned this prize.
The meerkat is made out of resin so is actually quite light to pick up and tougher we have found than some clay type of ornaments we have had in the past. This tough ability is crucial in our garden where not only are there stray balls been kicked towards the meerkat but our inquisitive 14 month old has also given it a good hold and a drop on the grass too.
The decoration for this meerkat was the appeal for my son as it is dressed up as a pirate. It is actually surprisingly detailed I think for a garden ornament with shading on the red jacket to give the illusion of a worn coat and complete with buttons on cuffs and to the rear. The hat has a skull with crossed swords on it rather than bones. There is even a hook instead of one paw to make it look more like the pirates in a children's book. The meerkat is stood upright in a pose well known to all of those who have seen meeerkats on TV or in real life. In this case one foot paw is resting on a pirate treasure chest which my son loves and has actually in the garden put another small wooden box next to it so the pirate has more treasure to guard. On the body of the meerkat there is also raised detailing for the fur and toes to give it the look of a real meerkat.
The base of the meerkat is nice and flat so it sits very nicely on soil and grass without falling over. This has even been the case in some high winds and driving rain that we have had in Yorkshire so I have been impressed that it hasn't fallen down easily. This is great I think if you had several meerkats arranged in a little scene they shouldn't be disturbed by the elements. So far whilst it has been in the sun we haven't noticed any fading to the colours which I am pleased about as I think it would detract from the look of it if the coat and hat especially faded.
Given it was bought really for my son I do think you need to be either a child or a huge fan of meerkats to purchase this as at full price on Amazon it is £19.99 which I think is actually a lot of money for a fun garden ornament. We got it on sale at half price and I think £10 is actually the right price for this. This is especially true as a lot of the other meerkats in the same range such as the major are under £10. It is a well-made ornament with lots of nice detailing on the statue and one that does look cute and appeals greatly to my son who just loves it so 4 stars from me but I am deducting one for the price.