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WATCH: Meet these baby meerkats born in Cornwall

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Published by Emma Carton at 8:25am 10th August 2018

Two more meerkat pups have been born at Newquay Zoo and they are 'simples' adorable!

The Cornish charity is home to 12 adult slender-tailed meerkats, but the pups have been keeping a low profile since their arrival last month.

Mum and Dad have been caring for the babies and will continue to feed them until they move on to more solid food.

Keepers have spotted other members of the family helping out with the babysitting.

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Two more adorable meerkat pups have been born at Newquay Zoo and keepers say they are keeping a low profile, for now at least!

"Each day the keepers have been checking in on the little ones and they have grown so quickly!

"We have seen some of the siblings from a previous litter helping to protect and care for them. Meerkats travel around in groups and the pups have been well looked after".

Curator John Meek

There is always one meerkat on duty (called a sentry) looking out for potential threats to the group; similarly with the pups, there is always a babysitter looking after them and checking for predators.

"Although meerkats are quite common in zoos, these pups are a great addition to the mob and we look forward to watching them grow over the next few months".

Curator John Meek

Meerkats dig burrows to protect themselves in an emergency, using them to hide from potential predators.

The pups will begin to emerge from their burrows more frequently over the next few weeks.

They will eventually start fending for themselves, still under the watchful eyes of mum, dad and the rest of the family!

You can watch them here...

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