Meerkat stays mum on who’s father
PERTH Zoo has some tiny new additions to the meerkat family.
Zookeepers discovered four meerkat kits cuddling with their mum Tilly on November 13.
Tilly, who had already reared four successful litters, has become an experienced mother.
Meerkat keeper Leonie Cusack said the father was unknown at this stage.
“Normally alpha females will pair bond with one individual, but Tilly is a modern woman and has four boyfriends, although Taabu and Faraji, two of the adult males are normally the favoured two,” she said.
The four adult males are fiercely protective of the kits and often hide them away for safekeeping.
If you plan to visit the newborns at the zoo’s African Savannah, Ms Cusack advised visitors to bring a keen set of eyes as there could be a bit of hide and seek.
At six weeks, the kits will undergo their first veterinary examination.
Tilly the meerkat looking out for one of her young at Perth Zoo.
Busy mum Tilly on the move with one of her new kits.