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  Meerkat mum swaps babies for sunbathing
Updated 20 September 2003, 13.11

A pair of baby meerkats are being looked after by people because their mum likes the hot weather more than them.

The two pups were born six weeks ago, and during the hot weather their mum Stump spent so much time sunbathing she forgot all about them.

So staff at Shaldon Wildlife Trust, near Teignmouth in Devon, have stepped in, feeding them lots of milk, and in the last week meat paste too.

They added that the pair of females are doing well and are always moving around - the only time they are not squeaking is when they are asleep.

They normally live in South Africa, and Neil Vaughan from the trust thinks the heat has reminded her of home.

He said: "I think she relaxed so much that she just forgot she had to look after her babies".

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