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Monarto Meerkat Family's Four New Additions

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The pitter patter of tiny meerkat paws can now be heard at Monarto Zoo with the mob increasing by four little ones this month.

Mum Eanie gave birth to the pups on November 1st, the quartet only just emerging from the den to explore their enclosure in the past few days.

Adelaide Zoo’s meerkat family has grown by five thanks to the adorable new litter birthed by parents Miney and Swazi.

The tiny pups were discovered on Saturday morning, October 27.

Lucky visitors have managed to catch glimpses of the young ones as their siblings and parents take them out of the den to enjoy the sunshine.

Adelaide Zoo meerkat keeper Matt Golebiowski said the new additions had been enthusiastically welcomed by the rest of the mob.

“We now have a nice, big family in this group and they are all getting along very well,” Matt said.

“Some of the younger siblings, born in the August litter, have taken on babysitting duties and were carrying the new pups out of the den and around the exhibit to explore.

“Now that these babies are about a month old they are starting to be a bit more adventurous on their own and coming out to enjoy some sunshine when the weather is nice.”

Keepers will find out whether they’re boys or girls at their first vet check in a couple of weeks, where they will be microchipped and checked out.

 

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