A zoo in Hampshire has welcomed a litter of meerkat pups to a first time mum.

Marwell Wildlife in Winchester welcomed the litter on July 11. The healthy youngsters were born to first time mum, Macbeth, and dad, Choggy. The parents had been caring for their little pups below ground since they were born, but now they are growing up, they are starting to venture out of their burrow, exploring their new home with the watchful guidance of their parents.

Senior keeper for carnivores Jody Geary said the birth of the three healthy pups was “fantastic news”.

“We are all very excited by this arrival,” she said. “Marwell’s keepers are keeping a close eye on Macbeth and her litter, and they are all doing well.

“The first time mum is doing a great job looking after them and the caring duties are being shared with Choggy. The energetic pups have been finding their feet and have been out and about playing and crawling over mum.

“One of the pups is particularly brave and tends to lead the other two when they are making new discoveries.”

Macbeth is three years old and Choggy is four. The meerkat pups are on public view, but in a private den away from the main enclosure.

For the latest exciting updates on the litter’s progress, you can visit Marwell Wildlife’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

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