Meerkat Lilly gives birth to quads
Published 13/08/2010 | 16:27
A lonely meerkat who struggled to find a mate has gone from singleton to supermum, giving birth to quadruplets, her owners have said.
Staff at Twinlakes Park in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, were running out of ideas to find female meerkat Lilly a partner after a male lined up to come to the park fell through.
In a last-ditch attempt they set up lonely heart's website meerkatmatch.com for the three-year-old in April, attracting worldwide attention.
Park bosses were contacted by the breeder of a two-year-old male from Cambridge, named Mr Darcy by staff, who hit it off with Lilly immediately.
They said they were delighted to hear the pitter-patter of tiny paws, with quadruplets born on July 11, named Eeny, Meeny, Miney and Stumpy-Mo.
Emma Roe, office manager and "meerkat matchmaker" said: "We are thrilled that Lilly has found love and now has a family; it's been a long emotional journey."
Park manager Sandy Gyorvari aded: "Lilly and Mr Darcy obviously hit it off instantly - they really are a Meerkat match made in heaven, and are doting parents.
"We are all incredibly proud of Lilly and in our wildest dreams we couldn't have hoped for more."
Keeper, Helen Saxby, said all four were doing well and were starting to explore their enclosure.
She said: "Initially we were concerned about Stumpy-Mo as he has a very tiny tail and meerkats use their tails for balance, he is a little bit wobbly compared to his siblings but seems to be coping well."