Pay attention. Don’t look anywhere else for the next little bit. Sure there’s extremely bad st- HEY. EYES HERE. There’s extremely bad stuff going on in the world right now, and politics in Australia is an utter farce, but you can cease paying attention to that for a few seconds today because the Adelaide Zoo has a batch of brand new baby meerkats and LOOK AT THEM LOOK LOOK.
LITTLE GUYS. POKING THEIR HEADS OUT FOR THE FIRST TIME.
The meerkat pups – all bloody five of the wee buggers – were born in the early hours of July 24th, and earlier today poked their heads out in public for the very first time.
The first five weeks of their tiny lives was spent in the burrow built by parents Miney and Swazi, initially weighing around 100 grams each.
The meerkat pups are the first litter born at Adelaide Zoo in seven years, and the sex of the wee ones will be determined at eight weeks old, when they will also receive their vaccinations.
But for now, it’s all about slowly exploring the big bad world outside, with Mum & Dad keeping a watchful eye, according to Adelaide Zoo meerkat keeper Jenna Hollamby:
Miney and Swazi are doting first-time parents, tending to the pups’ every need and taking turns at sentry duty guarding their burrow.
The youngsters are still a little unsure of the big new world outside, but with a bit of encouragement from mum and dad they have started to explore their home. The pups are spending a lot of time inside, but every day they explore further from their burrow and are becoming more adventurous.
If you’re in the area and keen for a visit, the zoo recommends getting there first thing in the morning.
In the meantime, LOOK AT THEM LOOK LOOK LOOK.