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Thrilling “Pup”date From West Midland Safari Park

11 August 2022  The U.Okay.’s West Midland Safari Park is happy to announce the arrival of three, tiny meerkat pups – the primary litter in over 9 years.

Indicators that the extremely cute kids had been born, had been noticed on 22 July, when not one of the grownup meerkats had been out of their habitat. Keepers discovered the adults’ heads poking out of the nest field, with some tiny squeaks being emitted from inside.

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A fast look inside, confirmed that three minuscule child meerkats had been born, no larger than a matchbox automotive, their eyes and ears shut and utterly reliant on their mum, Heather and pop, Monty.

The keepers have stored their distance from the pups, however have observed that Heather’s pal, Peony, can also be sharing the parental duties, babysitting the pups, whereas Heather sleeps or is out feeding.

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Head of Wildlife, Angela Potter, stated, “We’re all actually happy with the beginning of those three meerkat pups, the primary we’ve had right here since 2013. It’s a actually excellent news story for dad, Monty, who is kind of an previous boy at 13 years of age. He has been a part of a bachelor group for all of his life, however with the introduction of the 2 new females who joined the gathering earlier this 12 months from Woburn Safari Park, we had been capable of give him the possibility to turn into a first-time dad. 

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“He has taken to the brand new function very efficiently and it’s nice to see him interacting and taking care of his new household. Heather is doing a unbelievable job, however her shut pal Peony can also be very attentive and serving to to look after the pups. This cooperative strategy to rearing the younger is a vastly profitable technique for meerkats within the wild, to make sure the survival of the little ones in a harsh desert surroundings.” 

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At beginning, child meerkats solely weigh round 25 grams and are utterly helpless. Now at 20 days previous, the meerkats have opened their eyes, can now hear and are extra cellular.

The pups have obtained a fast well being test from the Park vets, who confirmed the three kids are joyful and wholesome, which means they are often given the choice to enterprise out into their habitat, this weekend.

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They’ll obtain one other well being test within the subsequent few weeks, the place vets will even decide their sexes. Following this, keepers will select names for the pups, starting with ‘Okay’, as all infants born on the Park throughout 2022, may have names beginning with this letter.

Company might be able to glimpse the child meerkats of their habitat positioned within the African Village, alongside Heather, Monty, Peony and juvenile, Kalmia.

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West Midland Safari Park is open each day and the meerkats may be seen within the Park’s African Village, included in the usual admission cost of £25.00 for adults, £20.00 for youngsters aged 3-15 and £22.00 for concessions. Youngsters underneath the age of three are free. Journey Theme Park rides are charged additional.  

Admission features a Free Return Code to go to once more on chosen dates, inside six months, solely when reserving on-line prematurely, with no Tesco voucher.  

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Additional details about West Midland Safari Park is out there from the Park’s web site

www.wmsp.co.uk or by phone 01299 402114. Discover out extra on the Safari Park’s official Fb web page: www.fb.com/WestMidSafari.   

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