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Meerkat pups born at Toledo Zoo

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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.

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