Adorable one-month-old baby meerkat that was ‘stolen by a zoo visitor’ is found alive and well
- A baby meerkat that disappeared from a zoo has been found by police officers
- The one-month-old disappeared from Perth Zoo on Wednesday evening
- Police officers raided a home on Friday night where they found the meerkitten
A baby meerkat that disappeared from Perth Zoo has been found alive and well.
The one-month-old animal was being looked after by experts before being reunited with its family, a zoo spokesperson confirmed on Saturday.
One of the zookeepers realised the helpless meerkitten was missing from its open-air enclosure during a routine inspection.
A baby meerkat (pictured) that disappeared from a Perth Zoo overnight has been found by Western Australia police
The animal had only just started venturing out of its nest box at the exhibit, and keepers saw it about 30 minutes prior to its disappearance, ABC News reported.
Western Australia Police conducted a three day search and made the announcement the meerkitten was found.
No one has been arrested or charged over the incident.
The missing meerkat was found after police raided a Beverley home on Friday night.
WA Police underwent a three day search and made the announcement the meerkitten (pictured) was found
Staff at Perth Zoo had fears the newborn had been stolen or taken by a predatory bird.
The sex and the name of the meerkat has not yet been confirmed by Perth Zoo workers.
The meerkat was due to have its first hand-held check at six weeks of age.
A planned celebration to mark the birth of the baby meerkat, which was born on August 20 as part of a regional breeding program, was also postponed.
The meerkitten’s mother, Bamba, was brought to Perth from Werribee Open Range Zoo in Victoria and Perth Zoo-born male Runako was the suspected father.
One of the zookeepers realised the helpless meerkitten (pictured) was missing from its open-air enclosure during a routine inspection on Wednesday evening