Mario may have been abandoned by his mother at just a few weeks old, but he is now being well-looked after by his new family.
The mongoose has found comfort with a bunch of friendly meerkats, but spends most nights being looked after by Centre Manager Craig Wesson at the Kirkleatham Owl Centre near Redcar.
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