Meerkats causing mayhem at park

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WHEN it comes to comparing meerkats, the new gang at West Midland Safari Park have come up trumps.

Not only are they hugely popular with visitors for their unusual and skittish behaviour, but they have also produced three tiny kits that have just emerged from their nest box to face visitors for the first time.

The kits are just four weeks old and thought to weigh no more than around 40 grams each.

Nicknamed Alec, Sydney and Henrik by staff, they are barely 10cms tall and are gradually making more appearances with their mother in the new exhibit - Meerkat Mayhem - which is situated in the Park’s new African Village.

And, when mum decides to wander off for a spot of foraging, dad is only too keen to help out and watch the youngsters. See the kits in action by following the link:

Bob Lawrence, director of wildlife, said: “As far as we are all concerned, our meerkats are beyond compare and the arrival of the new kits is an absolute delight.

“The exhibit has ideal breeding facilities for meerkats which no doubt helped mum to keep the youngsters under wraps, until the time was right for them to start exploring.”

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