EASTER came early for the meerkats at Taronga Western Plains Zoo, who were absolutely thrilled with their gift of four
"They have absolutely loved them actually," keeper Dee Woodhouse said.
"Today is their Easter special. They've gotten four little
"So they've ripped them apart and dug them around and they're still playing with them now even though
Human families watched on as 11 meerkats - mum, dad and nine kids - scurried about in the sand, digging holes to nestle the eggs in while they tried to tear their way inside.
Judging by the
"It's really good for their mental stimulus so we try to stimulate them as much as possible," she said.
"And they're really good as a group so to give them a little bit of things to do as a group and bond together."
The meerkats' enclosure is still relatively new, having only opened to the public in December.
Ms Woodhouse said the meerkats are one the favourites at TWPZ, and will be a major drawcard this Easter long weekend and throughout the April school holidays.
"Definitely will, particularly in this new exhibit," she said.
"They'll hopefully be able to come down and have a look and if they're