West Country tourist attraction welcomes newborn baby meerkats

PUBLISHED: 12:00 15 September 2015

First baby meerkats to be born at Puxton Park, near Weston-super-Mare.

First baby meerkats to be born at Puxton Park, near Weston-super-Mare.

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One of the West Country's top tourist attractions has got two new additions to its family.

First baby meerkats to be born at Puxton Park, near Weston-super-Mare.First baby meerkats to be born at Puxton Park, near Weston-super-Mare.

Puxton Park, Somerset’s newest adventure park, is celebrating the birth of two new baby meerkats.

The pups, who are yet to be named, were born to mother Mali on August 26 and are continuing to thrive under the watchful eye of Puxton’s animal keeper, Katy Bent.

Katy said: “One of our Meerkats, Mali, gave birth to the two baby meerkats at 8:40am on 26th August.

“They are looking really healthy with a little bit of fur.

First baby meerkats to be born at Puxton Park, near Weston-super-Mare.First baby meerkats to be born at Puxton Park, near Weston-super-Mare.

“Their dad Maurice is doing a really good job of pitching in and bringing mum food and is protecting the babies really well.”

The babies are still very young and won’t be available to meet the pubic at the park for a few weeks.

Katy added: “They won’t be visible to our visitors for a few weeks, just because mum will keep them in the burrow feeding them milk until they are stronger.

“Therefore the nest will be left alone for their comfort and safety, and as soon as they are ready, we are sure they will love meeting families.

“Being a first time mum, we are thrilled that the babies have taken to suckling straight away, and Mali knows everything she is supposed to be doing.”

Puxton Park was inundated with requests for Meerkats to join the park earlier this year. And after the adventure Park unveiled its Meerkat Manor this summer, it appears the new additions have arrived at the perfect time.

The park is now running a competition on its social media sites, where visitors can suggest their ideas for the pups’ names and win a family pass to the adventure park.

For further information please contact reception on 01934 523500, visit www.puxton.co.uk or email nikki@puxtonmarketing.co.uk

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