Adventurous meerkat pups born at ZSL London Zoo
Wednesday 18 September 2013
A set of meerkat triplets have been causing a ruckus in ZSL London Zoo, and have officially been dubbed by keepers as one of the boldest litters they’ve ever had.
The rambunctious youngsters were born during late July, and were first seen popping up during our Zoo Lates.
“This group were very precocious from the start!” says zookeeper Tegan McPhail. “When they were still tiny they started to come out and explore the paddock by themselves. It was a bit nail-biting for the keepers as we put up a fake owl to try and ward off any predatory birds such as crows or large seagulls, but the adults in the group were very relaxed and always kept an eye out for them and they’ve gone from strength to strength.”
Despite not being sexed until they’re four months old, the pups have already earned themselves some nicknames. The boldest pup, who currently sports a trade mark bushy tail, is playfully referred to as Basil Brush.
Basil is often the first one to come out and explore, and isn’t afraid to give the babysitter the slip. However, Basil isn’t alone in his adventures and usually has his sibling Robin tagging along. As Robin is always acting as Basil's sidekick, the staff thought it appropriate that he should be dubbed after a certain caped crusader.
Basil and Robin love to play.
Yet not all our pups are so bold. The runt of the litter, named The Tiddler, tends to hang back more and prefers the company of Mum.
But don’t worry about Mum getting over worked. “Meerkat mums are very good at getting the family involved,” says McPhail “so she always has willing babysitters on hand to give her a break.”
The Tiddler and Mum.
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