Four new baby meerkats melt hearts at Songkhla zoo

Four new baby meerkats melt hearts at Songkhla zoo

Meerkats are the star attractions at Songkhla zoo in Songkhla. (Photo from @SongkhlaZooPage Facebook account)
Meerkats are the star attractions at Songkhla zoo in Songkhla. (Photo from @SongkhlaZooPage Facebook account)

SONGKHLA: Four newly born meerkats are the star attractions at Songkhla zoo as visitors come to catch a glimpse of the little furry pups with their big eyes and signature two-legged stand.

The babies were born to second-time parents, boosting to 13 the population of meerkats at the zoo in the town, the biggest public zoo in the southern region.

(Reuters video)

"These baby meerkats were born three to four week ago. In the first week they were kept inside the burrow then they were brought out in the second week, once they are out the whole pack helps look after them and they attract a lot of attention from tourists," said zoo keeper Suriya Kayurin.

Meerkats are a member of the mongoose family of animals, and are native to southern Africa, where they live in large groups in burrows in savanna and dry grasslands.

The babies have drawn in lots of visitors to see them with their pack in a specially built enclosure that helps the animals adjust to the steamy tropical conditions.

"I heard about the newly born meerkats. I've only seen them on television so I wanted to bring the children to see how cute they are in real life," visitor Leelawadee Tubtimdee told Reuters. 


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