Mist Drie Doring
Formerly of Drie Doring
Date of Birth
September 3, 2006
Date of Death
April 3, 2015
Cause of Death
Fourth Dominant Female of Drie Doring
Also Known As
Granddaughter of Mabili
Mist(VDF115) was born on September 3, 2006 in the Drie Doring Mob. Her mother was the dominant female Makonkie and her father was the dominant male Osprey. Mist was born with two litter-mates, her brothers Thor(VDM114) and Loki(VDM113). Only two months after being born, Mist's father Osprey was Last Seen and Mist's cousin Finn MacCool became the new dominant male. Mist and her brothers all survived to adulthood. In February 2008 Mist fell pregnant for the very first time, but she aborted the next month. Later that year in August Mist fell pregnant for the second time, along with her mother. On September 18, 2008, she gave birth to Captain Planet, Commander Keen, The Dread Pirate Roberts and Spaceman Spiff. That same month Makonkie had two pups, Nub and VDP128, but VDP128 was sadly predated. Not long afterwards Mist's brother Loki left the group and was Last Seen. Meanwhile, Mist's other brother Thor challenged Finn MacCool for dominance. He eventually overthew Finn MacCool and became the dominant male of the Drie Doring. On October 1, 2008, Mist's mother Makonkie died after being the dominant female for around three years. Mist was the oldest female in the group so she took over as dominant female.
Since Thor could not breed with his own sister he left the group and was Last Seen. Finn MacCool retook the role of dominant male, but Mist would not breed with him because they were related. Instead, Mist mated with rovers and quickly fell pregnant. On December 30, 2008, she gave birth to Buttercup and Fezzik after mating with Bramley, a roving male from the Frisky. He became a regular rover at Drie Doring and frequented mated with Mist over the years. In March 2009 Mist gave birth to a new litter of four pups; Utopia, Boetie, Sebeto and Uranus. They all survived to adulthood. Later that year, in November, Mist had four more pups including Sereina, Salina, Ursli and Medleina. After mating with Bramley again, Mist gave birth to Begbie, Marilyn, Andy C and Tanzania on February 20, 2010. After mating with a Frisky rover, either Bramley, Zoltan or Black Jack, Mist gave birth again in August 2010 to VDM147, Fingal and Tobermory. VDM147 sadly died at a young age. In December 2010 Mist gave birth to Jesus Christ, Mohammed, Lucifer and VDP153. They were the last litter fathered by Bramley, the rover sadly died of disease not long afterwards. VDP153 also died after being predated not long after emerging from the burrow. One of the pups, Lucifer, was born with a rare mutation that made his fur and claws bright orange. In February 2011 Mist gave birth to her ninth litter, consisting of Wiley, Saoirse, Yallah and Milk. They were the only pups Mist had that year. Mist fell pregnant on two more occasions in 2011, but both times she lost her litters. That year the Drie Doring struggled. Many members dispersed, were Last Seen or were predated. Finn MacCool left the group and was replaced by Mist's son, Captain Planet. Mist's daughter Tobermory had three pups, but they were all predated.
By 2012 the group were down to thirteen members. But they managed to keep their numbers relatively stable throughout the year. In February that year Mist gave birth to Tiger, Patch and Cookiecutter. One of the pups, Patch, was born with a rare dark patch over her eye, it was the first case seen in wild Kalahari meerkats. In September 2012 Mist fell pregnant again. The next month she gave birth to VDP164, He Who Shall Not Be Named...Yet and Bonnie. He Who Shall Not Be Named... Yet and VDP164 were both predated within two months of their birth. In January 2013 Mist was pregnant again but she aborted. Later that year she was pregnant once more, but again she aborted her litter. In October 2013 Captain Planet left the group to rove, leaving the Drie Doring without a dominant male. In Captain Planet's absence, four wild males joined the group but dominance between them was undetermined. Mist quickly fell pregnant and gave birth to VDF167, VDP168, Taz and VDF170 in November 2013. In January 2014 Mist was pregnant again. The group suffered a split, ten of the meerkats were separated from Mist, but they were all reunited the next month. In February 2014 Mist gave birth to her thirteenth litter, which included Stinking Bishop, VDF172, Parmesan and Red Leicester. All of these pups had been born with ginger fur, but as they grew older the pups lost their distinctive color. Mist was pregnant again in March 2014, along with her daughter Patch, however both females aborted. In April, all of the wild males but one had disappeared leaving the last wild male named T-Bone as the dominant male. This was the first time Mist had an unrelated male by her side and a constant partner to breed with. Mist was pregnant again in June 2014. Her pregnancy continued throughout the entire months of July and August. During that time she evicted her daughters Patch and Cookiecutter, the pair went on to form their own mob called GenghisKhats Mob. Mist finally gave birth in September 2014 to Walrus, Lobster, Limoncello and Hercalea. Mist quickly became pregnant again in October 2014 but she aborted during the following month. Mist started to show signs of being pregnant again in December 2014 and gave birth to her last litter in January 2015. The litter consisted of a single pup, VDP180. Sadly on April 3, 2015, Mist disappeared and only her collar was found. She was assumed to have been predated, bringing an end to a long era in Drie Doring history. Mist had been the Drie Doring's dominant female for almost 7 years, making her the holder of one of the longest reigns of any meerkat studied at the Kalahari Meerkat Project. Mist's daughter Red Leicester became the next dominant female of the Drie Doring.
First litter born on September 18, 2008 fathered by an unknown male
Captain Planet (VDM129) Last Seen in October 2013, former natal dominant male of Drie Doring.
Commander Keen (VDF130) Last Seen in December 2010
Spaceman Spiff (VDF131) Last Seen in December 2010
The Dread Pirate Roberts (VDM132) Last Seen in November 2009.
Second Litter born on December 30, 2008 fathered by Bramley
Buttercup (VDF133) Last Seen in February 2011
Fezzik (VDM134) Last Seen in December 2012, former member of Frisky.
Third Litter born on March 25, 2009 fathered by either Bramley, Allegro, Spiderpig or Black Jack.
Utopia (VDF135) Last Seen in December 2010
Boetie (VDM136) Last Seen in March 2011
Sebeto (VDM137) Last Seen in March 2011
Uranus (VDM138) Last Seen in November 2011, former member of Frisky
Fourth Litter born on November 29, 2009 fathered by either Bramley or Spider Pig
Selina (VDF140) Last Seen in April 2011
Ursli (VDP141) Last Seen in October 2013
Medleina (VDF142) Last Seen in June 2013, former dominant female of Furry Massive
Fifth litter born on February 20, 2010 fathered by Bramley
Begbie (VDM143) Last Seen in May 2012, former member of Frisky
Marilyn (VDF144) Deceased, died in May 2013.
Andy C (VDM145) Deceased, euthanised due to TB in April 2013, former dominant male of Frisky
Tanzania (VDF146) Last Seen in October 2013
Sixth litter born on August 2010 fathered by either Bramley, Black Jack or Zoltan
VDM147 - Deceased, predated in November 2010
Seventh litter born in December 2010 fathered by Bramley
Jesus Christ (VDF150) Last Seen in February 2012
Mohammed (VDM151) Last Seen in October 2013
Lucifer (VDM152) Last Seen in February 2012, was born with rare bright orange fur and claws.
VDP153 - Deceased, predated in January 2011
Eighth litter born in February 2011 fathered by an unknown male
Wiley (VDM154) Last Seen in July 2013
Saoirse (VDF155) Last Seen in February 2014
Yallah (VDF156) Last Seen in February 2014
Milk (VDM157) Last Seen in October 2013
Ninth litter born in February 2012 fathered by an unknown male
Tiger (VDM161) Last Seen in September 2013
Tenth litter born in October 2012 fathered by an unknown male
VDP164 - Deceased, predated in November 2012
He Who Shall Not Be Named...Yet (VDF165) Deceased, predated in December 2012
Bonnie (VDF166) Last Seen in September 2013
Eleventh litter born in November 2013 fathered by an unknown male
VDF167 - Last Seen in February 2014
VDP168 - Last Seen in February 2014
Taz (VDM169) - Still Alive, living in Drie Doring
VDF170 - Unknown
Twelfth litter born in February 2014, fathered by an unknown male
Stinking Bishop (VDF171) - Still Alive, living in Drie Doring
VDF172 - Last Seen, disappeared in May 2014
Parmesan (VDF173) - Still Alive, current dominant famale of Drie Doring
Red Leicester (VDF174) - Still Alive, in the Drie Doring.
Thirteen litter born in September 2014 fathered by unknown.
Walrus (VDM176) - Still Alive, living in Drie Doring
Lobster (VDM177) - Still Alive, living in a Drie Doring subgroup?
Limoncello (VDF178) - Still Alive, living in Drie Doring
Heraclea (VDF179) - Still Alive, living in Drie Doring
Fourteen litter born in January 2015 fathered by unknown
VDP180 - Still Alive, living in Drie Doring
GalleryPhotos of Mist.