Meerkat pups born at Toledo Zoo - 13abc.com Toledo (OH) News, Weather and Sports

Meerkat pups born at Toledo Zoo

Posted: Updated:

TOLEDO, Ohio — Four meerkat pups were born on May 23 at the Toledo Zoo. Their genders are currently unknown, as the Zoo’s animal care staff allows newborn animals to bond fully with their mother before humans handle them.

According to the zoo, like all meerkat pups, when born these were mostly hairless, with their eyes and ears shut. Their eyes opened when they were about two weeks old, and at about three weeks of age they started eating solid food and exploring outside the family’s underground burrows. These burrows are complex structures that include mounds, access holes, tunnels and sleeping chambers.

The new pups are on exhibit in Tembo Trail with their older siblings, all born within the last year: a female and two males born on Feb. 23, and a male born on Nov. 26, 2013. The best times to see the new pups are in the morning and in late afternoon.

Native to Africa, meerkats are carnivorous (meat eaters), and they belong to the mongoose family. A group of meerkats is called a "mob" or "gang.” Meerkats are about 12 inches long and weigh about 2 pounds. They are not endangered say zoo experts.

  • LocalMore>>

  • Urgent message from city: Toledoans asked not to drink or boil water

    Urgent message from city: Toledoans asked not to drink or boil water

    Saturday, August 2 2014 1:52 AM EDT2014-08-02 05:52:46 GMT
    The city of Toledo released an urgent notice to all Toledo water users overnight.The city is asking anyone who receives water from Toledo to avoid drinking or boiling the water.Chemists testing water at Toledo's Collins Park Water Treatment Plant tested for microcystin in excess of the recommended amount.Here is more information provided by the city: What should you do? Do not drink the water. Alternative water should be used for drinking, making infant formula, making ice, brushing teeth a...
    The city of Toledo released an urgent notice to all Toledo water users overnight.The city is asking anyone who receives water from Toledo to avoid drinking or boiling the water.Chemists testing water at Toledo's Collins Park Water Treatment Plant tested for microcystin in excess of the recommended amount.Here is more information provided by the city: What should you do? Do not drink the water. Alternative water should be used for drinking, making infant formula, making ice, brushing teeth a...
  • Fire breaks out at church in McComb

    Fire breaks out at church in McComb

    Friday, August 1 2014 11:05 PM EDT2014-08-02 03:05:53 GMT
    Crews from five departments were called out to a fire at a church in McComb Friday evening. Departments from Allen Twp., Liberty Twp., Findlay and North Baltimore assisted McComb Fire Department. The McComb fire chief says it’s unclear at this time how the fire started There were no injuries reported. Sunday services at the church have been cancelled The State Fire Marshal’s Office will investigate the cause of the fire.
    Crews from five departments were called out to a fire at a church in McComb Friday evening. Departments from Allen Twp., Liberty Twp., Findlay and North Baltimore assisted McComb Fire Department. The McComb fire chief says it’s unclear at this time how the fire started There were no injuries reported. Sunday services at the church have been cancelled The State Fire Marshal’s Office will investigate the cause of the fire.
  • Port Clinton police looking for bronze fish thief

    Port Clinton police looking for bronze fish thief

    There's been a rise in scrap metal thefts ever since the economy took a dive. Port Clinton police are investigating if that could be related to vandalism of a city statue. 13abcs Kristi Leigh has the latest from Port Clinton.
    There's been a rise in scrap metal thefts ever since the economy took a dive. Port Clinton police are investigating if that could be related to vandalism of a city statue. 13abcs Kristi Leigh has the latest from Port Clinton.
  • Top StoriesMore>>

  • Urgent message from city: Toledoans asked not to drink or boil water

    Urgent message from city: Toledoans asked not to drink or boil water

    Saturday, August 2 2014 1:52 AM EDT2014-08-02 05:52:46 GMT
    The city of Toledo released an urgent notice to all Toledo water users overnight.The city is asking anyone who receives water from Toledo to avoid drinking or boiling the water.Chemists testing water at Toledo's Collins Park Water Treatment Plant tested for microcystin in excess of the recommended amount.Here is more information provided by the city: What should you do? Do not drink the water. Alternative water should be used for drinking, making infant formula, making ice, brushing teeth a...
    The city of Toledo released an urgent notice to all Toledo water users overnight.The city is asking anyone who receives water from Toledo to avoid drinking or boiling the water.Chemists testing water at Toledo's Collins Park Water Treatment Plant tested for microcystin in excess of the recommended amount.Here is more information provided by the city: What should you do? Do not drink the water. Alternative water should be used for drinking, making infant formula, making ice, brushing teeth a...
  • Fire breaks out at church in McComb

    Fire breaks out at church in McComb

    Friday, August 1 2014 11:05 PM EDT2014-08-02 03:05:53 GMT
    Crews from five departments were called out to a fire at a church in McComb Friday evening. Departments from Allen Twp., Liberty Twp., Findlay and North Baltimore assisted McComb Fire Department. The McComb fire chief says it’s unclear at this time how the fire started There were no injuries reported. Sunday services at the church have been cancelled The State Fire Marshal’s Office will investigate the cause of the fire.
    Crews from five departments were called out to a fire at a church in McComb Friday evening. Departments from Allen Twp., Liberty Twp., Findlay and North Baltimore assisted McComb Fire Department. The McComb fire chief says it’s unclear at this time how the fire started There were no injuries reported. Sunday services at the church have been cancelled The State Fire Marshal’s Office will investigate the cause of the fire.
  • Lucas Co. jail employee accused of sexually assaulting former inmate

    Lucas Co. jail employee accused of sexually assaulting former inmate

    Friday, August 1 2014 7:59 PM EDT2014-08-01 23:59:19 GMT
    A Lucas County jail employee is on paid administrative leave. The employee is accused of sexually assaulting a former inmate not on jail property. The Toledo Police Department is investigating, and the Lucas County Sheriff's Office has launched an investigation. We'll continue to follow this story as it develops.
    A Lucas County jail employee is on paid administrative leave. The employee is accused of sexually assaulting a former inmate not on jail property. The Toledo Police Department is investigating, and the Lucas County Sheriff's Office has launched an investigation. We'll continue to follow this story as it develops.

Area Events Calendar

See It, Shoot It, Send It!