Australia’s National Zoo & Aquarium Canberra is celebrating the arrival of three Meerkat pups, the first ever to be displayed at the zoo.
Weighing just over five ounces each, the tiny triplets were born August 21 and emerged from their den just last week.
Their mother, Sekai, and dad, Sergei, are attentive parents. They’re helping the little pups learn about life above ground and introducing them to their older brothers, who often serve as babysitters.
Found only in southern Africa, Meerkats are well-known for their strong social ties. One Meerkat will stand guard as the rest of the mob fans out to forage for insects, lizards, scorpions, eggs, and small mammals.
Meerkats are expert diggers, able to move their weight in sand within a few seconds. They dig to locate food and create an elaborate system of underground burrows.
Baby Meerkats remain in their burrow with mom for about one month before they emerge and start learning to find food on their own. An adult from the mob usually teaches the young Meerkats how to find food and stay safe from predators.
See more photos of the tiny triplets below!