9th Dec, 2016

Solihull College welcomes new baby meerkats

Solihull Editorial 9th Aug, 2016 Updated: 24th Oct, 2016

SOLIHULL COLLEGE and University Centre has welcomed the arrival of a new litter of meerkats.

The three pups were born at the end of June, and while it is not yet known if they are male or female, staff and students say they are settling in well.

The College is home to a number of exotic creatures, including meerkats, which live as they would in the wild – with little human interaction.

This means staff and students on the Animal Management and Veterinary Nursing courses are able to learn about their habitats, dietary requirements and how to care for each animal.

The pups are now beginning to explore more and have been spotted enjoying the summer sunshine.

Jo Burnard, animal centre manager at the college, said: “The Meerkat babies are doing very well – we have two females and one male, but they do not have names because they all look very alike.

They live as wild as possible and are only handled if really necessary, usually for medical attention.

“They are very useful here at college for behavioural studies and the students love to work with them – although they are one of the smellier species.”