Meerkat looks for love on internet
Published 17/04/2010 | 16:37
She is described on her online dating profile as a free-spirited lady with a good sense of humour who enjoys fine dining, digging and cosy nights in.
But lonely heart Lilly is no Bridget Jones - she is in fact a meerkat, looking for a male to keep her company and give her a family.
Desperate to find her a partner, Lilly's owners at Twinlakes Park in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, have set up an internet dating site where users can compare the meerkats.
On meerkatmatch.com, Lilly poses in a selection of pictures, alongside a description of her as "alert, dark-eyed and inquisitive".
The site invites owners of other meerkats to post their details online, in the hope that one might make a suitable match for Lilly.
Twinlakes manager Sandy Gyorvari, who set up the website with two colleagues, said she hoped people who had bought a meerkat and now regretted it might be tempted to give it to the family theme park.
"The reason we set up the site is to hopefully attract people who may have bought meerkats as pets but are now thinking 'this isn't a good idea' and are wondering how to get rid of it," she said.
"We would take their meerkat on and it would be a companion for Lilly. A male is the perfect match because there's room for them to mate and have babies."
The internet dating idea was put into action when other attempts to find a partner for the animal had failed.
A male meerkat had been lined up to come to the park but the breeder changed his mind. The park then contacted other meerkat owners, including zoos and breeders, but their efforts proved fruitless.