Super cute baby meerkats explore the outside world for first time


We love a good meerkat, but it's not often that you see baby versions of these cute critters hanging around.

These pups were born at Sydney's Taronga Zoo on Jan. 7, the children of first-time parents Nairobi and Maputo. It's also the first time meerkat pups have been born at the zoo in seven years, making this kind of a big deal.

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"They were initially a little wary of this big new world outside, but with a bit of encouragement from mum and dad they started to explore," zookeeper Courtney Mahony, said in a statement sent to Mashable Australia via email.

Now weighing a little over 120 grams each, they're both yet-to-be-named as their sexes are not yet known. They will be discovered in veterinary examinations happening in late February. Keepers suspect it is a male and female, developing their own personalities as they grow. "Our male is the bigger of the two and he's more adventurous and inquisitive, while the female is quieter and prefers to stay close to mum," Mahony said.

The pups will wander for short periods of the day as they slowly make their way into the world with their parents and keepers maintaining a keen eye. Aren't they just divine?

Taronga Zoo Thrilled with First Merkaat Pups Birth in Years
Taronga Zoo Thrilled with First Merkaat Pups Birth in Years

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