April 18, 2021

Japanese Photographer Captures An Adorable Shy-At-First Meerkat Baby And Its Family In 18 Pics

Besides creating memes, taking pictures of baby animals is probably the dream job to have, and this Japanese photographer, mamekoro51, is blessed with it.

On a recent trip he made to Inokashira Natural Cultural Park, in Musashino City, Tokyo, he had the chance to meet this newborn overly-cute meerkat baby of the mongoose family, which it was shy at first to pose in front of the camera, but later on, he decides to show his braveness and come from behind the wall to say hello to us.

Image credits: mamekoro51

Image credits: mamekoro51

Image credits: mamekoro51

Image credits: mamekoro51

Meerkats are mammals, habitats of deserts and they specifically can be found in all parts of the Kalahari Desert in Botswana, in much of the Namib Desert in Namibia and southwestern Angola, and in South Africa. These mongooses are social animals.

This is in the contest of them being in groups rather than acting as individuals. Each of them plays a role in the group they participate in, from participates in gathering food, keeping a lookout for predators and taking care of the babies.

Image credits: mamekoro51

Image credits: mamekoro51

Image credits: mamekoro51

A group of meerkats is called a “mob”, “gang” or “clan”. A meerkat clan contains three meerkats and some super-families have up to 50 or more members. Meerkat’s average life span is from 12 to 14 years old, and most of their life is spent in the wild.

Image credits: mamekoro51

Image credits: mamekoro51

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Meerkats only go outside during the daytime. Each morning, as the sun comes up, the mob emerges and begins looking for food. Back at the burrow, several babysitters stay behind to watch over newborn pups. This duty rotates to different members of the mob, and a sitter will often go all day without food. The babysitters” main job is to protect pups from meerkats in rival mobs who, if given the chance, will kill the babies. (Source: National Geographic Kids).

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Meerkats are abundant throughout their range and are not considered threatened or endangered. But they live a very difficult life in the African desert, constantly threatened by hungry predators, rival meerkats, drought and burrow-flooding rainstorms. (Source: National Geographic Kids).

They are left free in the wild two or three weeks after they are born, right when they are taught how to protect themselves from these predators in the wild.

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But as innocent and empathic they might seem, these squirrel-like mammals have been found killing their own babies, and senior members of the group have been seen killing offspring of more senior members, so they can improve their own offspring’s position.

Nonetheless, mamekoro51 has brought us some very wholesome pictures of this cutely-shy meerkat baby, and he has much more of this content if you are interested in following him on twitter and overload yourself with the cuteness of baby animals.