Japanese photographer mamekoro51 has probably the most pleasant hobby one could imagine – taking photos of baby animals of various types.
On a recent visit to Inokashira Natural Cultural Park in Musashino City, Tokyo, the animal lover came across an adorable meerkat family with newborn pups, one of whom was a little shy for the camera.
Peeping cautiously from behind a wall, this little meerkat seemed to be afraid at first. However, after a little time, it emerged from its hiding place to say hello, and people are just in love!
The meerkat is a small carnivoran in the mongoose family. These adorable animals live in all parts of the Kalahari Desert in Botswana, in much of the Namib Desert in Namibia and southwestern Angola, and South Africa.1
A group of meerkats is called a “mob”, “gang” or “clan”. A meerkat clan often contains about 20 meerkats, but some super-families have 50 or more members. In captivity, these curious animals have an average life span of 12–14 years, and about half this in the wild.