First foraging

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Commandos helper with pup

The pups start to forage with the group at the age of 3-4 weeks, and are gradually weaned while they get used to the meerkats’ prey of insects, scorpions and other small ground-dwelling animals. The pups’ gender can usually be established at the age of 1-2 months; pups are given personal names once their gender is established. The pups will dig for prey once they go foraging, but usually without much success; they instead follow helpers (older meerkats) and give loud begging calls, to which the helpers react by giving their prey to the begging pup.

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