Drusillas meerkats eat tennis balls in honour of Andrew Murray

Meerkats play with tennis balls at Drusillas Park
Meerkats play with tennis balls at Drusillas Park
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A FEAST of tasty treats was served up to the meerkats at Drusillas Park in honour of British tennis star, Andrew Murray.

The unusual delivery proved a smash with the whole set, who polished the meal off in minutes before making a racket for more.

All the meerkats took full advantage of their lunch-time munch, dished up in customised tennis balls stuffed with mealworms.

The group rallied around the prized platters taking the new balls near break point, as they utilised their strong forehands to dig out the dinner. This strange service was made as part of the zoo’s enrichment programme, which ensures a diverse diet is enjoyed in imaginative and unusual ways. Enrichment is carried out within all the enclosures on a daily basis to encourage the animals to work a little harder for their food as they would in the wild, as well as providing mental stimulation.

Plus it’s love all elsewhere in the zoo, with courting of another variety. Drusillas Park is currently celebrating the arrival of two fennec fox babies born on May 15.

The pups are now starting to play outside the nest box and are already proving a popular doubles partnership with zoo spectators.