© Chris Godfrey
The pups were born in May to mum, Macbeth, and dad, Choggy, and the experienced parents have been caring for them underground. Now the babies are a few weeks old, they are starting to venture out of their burrow, find their feet and explore their new surroundings. As they grow in confidence, the playful pups will start spending more time outside their den learning the ropes from their family. As the second litter of pups this year, the new arrivals will join two older brothers and a sister who were born in February. This will come in handy for the little ones as Meerkats are ‘cooperative breeders, meaning that the other adults (including older brothers and sisters) will help to take care of the young. Not only do these helpers aid in keeping the pups safe, they also help teach the pups how to forage for food, how to look out for threats and when to run for safety.