Japanese photographer mamekoro51 has possibly the most pleasant hobby one could imagine – taking pictures of baby animals of different types.
Traveling from place to place, the talented photographer has seen and captured the cutest creatures on Earth, with a clear preference to baby rodents.
On his recent visit to Inokashira Natural Cultural Park in Musashino City, Tokyo, the animal lover came across a cute meerkat family with newborn pups, one of whom was a little shy for the camera.
Peeping cautiously from behind a wall, the little meerkat seemed to be afraid at first. After some time, however, it emerged from its hiding place to say hello, and people were just in love!
And who wouldn’t fall for such a cute and shy baby?
Meerkats are small carnivores in the mongoose family. The animal is also known by the name surikata.
They live in every part of the Kalahari Desert in Botswana, in much of the Namib Desert in Namibia and southwestern Angola as well as South Africa.
Meerkats are mainly insectivores, but also eat other animals, plants and fungi. Meerkats are immune to particular types of venom, such as the very strong venom of the scorpions of the Kalahari Desert. They become sexually mature at 2 years of age and can have up to four pups in a litter, with three being the most common litter size. Meerkats are iteroparous and can reproduce any time of the year.
A group of meerkats is called a “mob”, “gang” or “clan”. A meerkat clan usually contains around 20 meerkats, although some super-families have 50 or more members. When in captivity, meerkats have an average life span of 12–14 years, and nearly half this in the wild.