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.

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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!

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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.

Source: Wikipedia

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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.

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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.

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