Has lonely Lilly the meerkat found love at Twinlakes?
Lily the meerkat meets her potential lifelong mate Mr Darcy
Staff at Twinlakes Family Theme Park are hoping a lonely-heart, with big brown eyes and a very cute face, has finally found love.
Until this week, Lilly the meerkat has been feeling a little lost, living alone at the Melton Mowbray attraction.
Now, after appealing for mates with an online dating profile, a possible male suitor has been found.
Staff say Mr Darcy, who cost £600 from a breeder in Cambridgeshire, appears to be settling in well.
Sandy Gyovari from Twinlakes said they all have their fingers crossed for the pitter-patter of new meerkat arrivals very soon.
"The initial signs are very, very positive; they seem to be getting on incredibly well which is obviously fantastic news for us here at the park."
Meeting 'the one'
As Lilly was not already part of an established meerkat group it was easier for Mr Darcy to be integrated into his new home than otherwise.
Lilly the Meerkat looks for love online
Lilly was very keen to meet her new man and has already put the traditional matriarchal meerkat society was already into action.
"He is definitely under the thumb. He's already in his place, so I don't think he'll be allowed out for a pint or anything like that!"
Sandy said the park were grateful for the media coverage Lilly's plight had received; her lonely hearts page, set up by the park, received 74,000 hits.
"It's unbelievable really that everybody wants to look at a dating website for meerkats but for us it did exactly what we wanted it to do; we got her a boyfriend and hopefully they'll get on and we'll be able to have a family."
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