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Meerkats having a cracking time at Belfast zoo with Easter egg treats

Belfast Zoo’s meerkats haven’t missed out on Easter treats this spring.

Even though they normally indulge in insects, invertebrates, small reptiles, roots, bulbs and birds, the zoo’s six meerkats got to enjoy some eggs during Holy Week. Eggs do form part of their normal diet — although not the chocolate variety!

The animals are members of the mongoose family and live in the Kalahari desert in Botswana and in South Africa. They form social groupings called mobs, gangs or clans, which usually contain about 20 individuals — although some super-families have 50 or more members.

Meerkats are immune to certain types of venom, including the very strong venom of the Kalahari Desert scorpions, and forage in groups with one sentry on guard watching for predators while the rest seek out food.

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