The largest ever litter of meerkats has been born at Taronga Zoo, and they have been pictured prancing and darting about their nest for the first time.
The six pups were born in November to parents Nairobi and Maputo, and keepers had not expected so many to be born.
"We knew that Nairobi was bigger than she was during her previous pregnancies, but we definitely weren't expecting six pups! Meerkats usually give birth to 3-4 pups, so mum certainly has her paws full this time," said keeper Courtney Mahony.
"She's an incredible mother and seems to be taking it all in her stride. She's so attentive to the pups and she's getting lots of babysitting help from dad and her eldest daughter, Serati," Mahony said.
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