Japanese Photographer Captures A Shy Baby Meerkat In Adorable Gallery

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We need to talk about baby meerkats. You probably didn’t expect this when you woke up this morning. Neither did I, frankly. But seriously, I had no idea the baby animal kingdom could get this freakin’ adorable. We’ll go in-depth a little later, but all you really need to know is that Timon from The Lion King is a meerkat.

They’re super cute, right?

This entire series of pics was captured by a Japanese photographer who goes by @mamekoro51 on Twitter. You can also check out their official site for more baby animal goodness.

I need one.

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I’m pretty sure meerkats aren’t an approved pet anywhere in the world, but just look at these things. All of these photos were taken at Inokashira Park Zoo in Tokyo.

These guys are basically the main attraction.

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Animals as diverse as elephants, raccoons and leopards can be found at the zoo. The meerkat exhibit doesn’t sound that exciting, until you realize how irresistable these little creatures are.

So are they, like, raccoons?

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They run in gangs.

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No, seriously, a meerkat crew can be referred to as a “clan”, “mob”, or…”gang”. One of these mongoose families can get pretty big. On average, they’ll hang out in groups of 20 or so, but some gangs can have dozens more members.

They main look fairly similar to trash pandas superficially, but meerkats are actually most closely related to the mongoose family. Like the mongoose (mongeese?), meerkats are small, but effective, carnivores.

Lake cat?

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Meerkat is Dutch for “lake cat”. But the origins of the meerkat’s name are a bit murkier. It may have even come from the Sanskrit word “markaṭa”, which means “ape”.

They’re native to southern Africa.

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These roving meerkat gangs roam the warm southern tip of Africa, feasting on insects and other small creatures. Like the mongoose, they’re immune to some types of venom, making them a formidable foe.

They live underground.

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Owing to their small size, the safest place for a meerkat is an underground den. They’re diurnal, meaning they sleep in their dens at night and do meerkat things during the daylight hours.

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