Newborn meerkat at Dudley zoo

Staff at Dudley Zoo are celebrating the arrival of a newborn baby meerkat.

Newborn meerkat joins the mob at Dudley Zoo

Staff at Dudley Zoo are celebrating the arrival of a newborn baby meerkat.

Visitors to the zoo were delighted when the tiny pup - who is so young its eyes and ears are not yet open - ventured out with its mother to enjoy the sunshine.

The newborn meerkat at Dudley Zoo
The newborn meerkat at Dudley Zoo Credit: Dudley Zoo

The pup was protected by its mother and other females in the mob, but visitors were still able to catch a glimpse as its mother ushered it outside.

Meerkats do not normally leave their underground dens until they are at least a month old, when they are bigger and have fur.

The youngster was protected by its mother as they ventured outside
The youngster was protected by its mother as they ventured outside Credit: Dudley Zoo