This baby Meerkat and its mum make the most of a ray of sunshine at Chester Zoo on Tuesday. The new arrival is one of three born at the zoo and has taken its first glimpse of its new surroundings after spending the first three weeks of its life in a burrow with its parents.
Keepers at Chessington zoo are bringing up a baby meerkat by hand after he was rejected by his parents. According to African popular belief (mainly in the Zambian/Zimbabwean region), the meerkat is known as the sun angel, as it protects villages from the moon devil or the werewolf which is believed to attack stray cattle or lone tribesmen.
It seems to be a popular time of year for zoo moms and their babies to do some snuggling out in the open air. Today we bring you a mother meerkat and her young pup at the San Diego Zoo thanks to Flickr photographer mliu92. Perhaps they are emerging to enjoy spring weather (is it never not spring in San Diego)?
When mama meerkat is away... the pups will play...
Meerkats are actually a type of mongoose but, unlike their loner brethren, they are highly social. Here the Belfast Zoo's newest playful meerkat pups emerge from the den and explore their surroundings, as their relatives keep a characteristic meerkat lookout.
Baby Meerkats were presented yesterday to the press at the London Zoo. The youngsters, Lia and Roo, were abandoned by their mother and are now
cared for by keeper Suzi Hyde, who look after the duo day and night. Photos by Jenny Duval.
Zoo Basel's newest meerkats are social animals and
typically stay close to their burrows where the entire clan looks after
them. When in danger, they dart back in their hole, or if they are too
far away, their mother will lay on top of them.