Taronga Zoo’s meerkat mob continues to grow, with the arrival of a new litter of tiny babies.
The two pups were born in August but have only just begun exploring the world outside their nest box.
“They were eager to investigate their new surroundings. These pups are more confident and adventurous than the previous litter and I think that’s because they have mum, dad and two siblings to support and protect them,” said Keeper, Courtney Mahony.
“They are fantastic and attentive parents, but it’s also been wonderful to watch big sister Serati play a role in caring for the pups. She’s grooming them, helping to babysit and always checking on them to make sure they’re safe. It’s incredible to see such a young Meerkat stepping up and taking on that responsibility.”
The pups were just a few grams each at birth, but now weigh in at more than 150 grams.
“As of this week, they’re eating most of the adult diet. Mum and dad will collect insects for them and they’re starting to nibble on some fruit and veggies. They’re also learning to dig and stand on their hind legs for sentry duty,” says Courtney.
The unnamed babies will have their sex confirmed during their first veterinary examination in October, but keepers believe both pups are female.
Visitors hoping to spot the new arrivals will be able to see the pair for short periods each day as they slowly adjust to life at Taronga.
[Images: Paul Fahy, Taronga Zoo]