Japanese photographer mamekoro51 has probably the most pleasant hobby one could imagine – taking photos of baby animals of various types.
On a visit to Inokashira Natural Cultural Park in Musashino City, Tokyo, Japanese photographer mamekoro51 came across an adorable meerkat family with newborn pups, one of whom was a little shy in front of camera.
The shy baby meerkat peeped cautiously from behind a wall and consecutively slowly looking at the camera.
At first, the baby seemed to be afraid, but soon after, it came out from its hiding place to say hello, and people can’t get enough of the baby’s cuteness.
The meerkat (Suricata suricatta) or suricate is a small carnivoran in the mongoose family.
They can be found around the Kalahari Desert in Botswana, Namibian Desert to southwestern Angola and South Africa.
Image credits: mamekoro51 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!
Image credits: mamekoro51 The meerkat is a small carnivoran in the mongoose family. Meerkats live in all parts of the Kalahari Desert in Botswana, in much of the Namib Desert in Namibia and southwestern Angola, and in South Africa.
Image credits: mamekoro51 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, meerkats have an average life span of 12–14 years, and about half this in the wild.
Image credits: mamekoro51 Meerkats babysit the young in the group. Females that have never produced offspring of their own often lactate to feed the alpha pair’s young and they also protect the young from threats, often endangering their own lives.
On warning of danger, the babysitter takes the young underground to safety and is prepared to defend them if the danger follows.
Image credits: mamekoro51 Like many species, meerkat young learn by observing and mimicking adult behavior, though adults also engage in active instruction.
For example, meerkat adults teach their pups how to eat a venomous scorpion: they will remove the stinger and help the pup learn how to handle the creature.