Mighty Mite, the meerkat pup has faced a tough start in life.
And Groucho's found himself a lone parent.
Six weeks after Mighty Mite was born, her mother died. Her three siblings were stillborn.
Groucho stepped in to parent his off-spring, sacrificing his position as the top male of the group at the Kirkleatham Owl Centre near Redcar. Staff say this is highly unusual.
Meerkats are dependant on their mother up until eight, nine or ten weeks.
There is a lot of fighting over dominance and hierarchy.