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London Zoo meerkats given surprise Easter treat

PUBLISHED: 14:50 13 April 2017 | UPDATED: 14:50 13 April 2017

A meerkat with a variety of eggs at London Zoo.       Picture: ZSL

A meerkat with a variety of eggs at London Zoo. Picture: ZSL

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Meerkats at London Zoo woke up this morning to a trail of hidden coloured eggs laid out as an Easter treat.

Meerkats with a variety of eggs at London Zoo.       Picture: ZSLMeerkats with a variety of eggs at London Zoo. Picture: ZSL

The vigilant mammals – which are part of the mongoose family – didn’t take long to dig out the eggs, which were made from papier mache and contained fresh veggies.

Veronica Heldt, zookeeper at the Regent’s Park zoo, said: “While there was no chocolate for our inquisitive meerkats, we prepared an Easter egg hunt for the clan.

“This encourages them to seek out treats hidden in the foliage and forage for food, mimicking how they would seek their food in the wild.”

She added: “We like to find fun ways for the animals to join in the festivities.”

Meerkats with a variety of eggs at London Zoo.       Picture: ZSLMeerkats with a variety of eggs at London Zoo. Picture: ZSL

Meerkats – which can be found in Botswana, Namibia, Angola and South Africa – live in groups known as “mobs”, “clans” or “gangs”.


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