Photographer Captures Baby Meerkat and Family In 23 Adorable Pics

by Stephanie

Can you imagine a better job than taking photos of baby animals? Nope. Me neither!

Well, as far as photographer's go, Japanese photographer mamekoro51 has got to be one of the luckiest.

On a recent trip to Inokashira Natural Cultural Park in Musashino City, Tokyo, the avid animal photographer was lucky enough to come across a family of adorable meerkats. As if that wasn't enough of a treat, the family also included a gorgeous newborn meerkat pup.

The sweet little pup was a little bit camera shy, however, mamekoro51 was still able to snap some of the most adorable photos ever!

via: Twitter: mamekoro51
via: Twitter: mamekoro51

The cautious little guy peeped around the corner from behind a wall, and seemed to be afraid at first.

The cautious little guy peeped around the corner from behind a wall, and seemed to be afraid at first.
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But after a little while he emerged, much to the delight of onlookers who were instantly in love.

But after a little while he emerged, much to the delight of onlookers who were instantly in love.
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via: Twitter: mamekoro51
via: Twitter: mamekoro51

A group of meerkats is called a "mob," "gang," or "clan," and usually contains around 20 meerkats. In captivity, a meerkat's lifespan is around 12-14 years.

A group of meerkats is called a
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via: Twitter: mamekoro51

Meerkat's are very protective of their young. Even meerkat's who have never produced young of their own can begin to lactate in order to care for the pups in the clan. They will often endanger their own lives to protect their young.

Meerkat's are very protective of their young. Even meerkat's who have never produced young of their own can begin to lactate in order to care for the pups in the clan. They will often endanger their own lives to protect their young.
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via: Twitter: mamekoro51

Meerkats educate their young and are sure to teach them valuable survival skills. Pups also mimic the adults in the group and learn from their behavior.

Meerkats educate their young and are sure to teach them valuable survival skills. Pups also mimic the adults in the group and learn from their behavior.
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via: Twitter: mamekoro51

Meerkats reach sexual maturity at around two-years-old and can produce one to four pups per litter. Pups will generally leave the burrow at around two or three-weeks-old.

Meerkats reach sexual maturity at around two-years-old and can produce one to four pups per litter. Pups will generally leave the burrow at around two or three-weeks-old.
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via: Twitter: mamekoro51

Inokashira Park Zoo also contributes to the conservation of japanese squirrels, mandarin ducks and swans.

Inokashira Park Zoo also contributes to the conservation of japanese squirrels, mandarin ducks and swans.
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via: Twitter: mamekoro51
via: Twitter: mamekoro51
via: Twitter: mamekoro51

Other animals featured at the zoo include asiatic elephants, rhesus monkeys, raccoons, fennecs, japanese serows, japanese martens, masked palm civets, amur cats, raccoon dogs, red-crowned cranes and tropical birds.

Other animals featured at the zoo include asiatic elephants, rhesus monkeys, raccoons, fennecs, japanese serows, japanese martens, masked palm civets, amur cats, raccoon dogs, red-crowned cranes and tropical birds.
via: Twitter: mamekoro51
via: Twitter: mamekoro51
via: Twitter: mamekoro51

But surely these little guys have got to be the cutest!

But surely these little guys have got to be the cutest!
via: Twitter: mamekoro51
via: Twitter: mamekoro51

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