A pair of meerkat pups are cuddled in the palm of keeper Courtney Mahony.
A pair of meerkat pups are cuddled in the palm of keeper Courtney Mahony. (Photo: Paul Fahy/Taronga Zoo)

If you're in search of something to brighten your day, look no further than this adorable pair of meerkat pups, who were born on Jan. 7 at the Taronga Zoo in Mosman, Australia.

The arrival of the pups, which have not been named, are extra special to the zoo because they mark the facility's first meerkat birth in nearly seven years.

A Meerkat mom tends to her young.
(Photo: Paul Fahy/Taronga Zoo)

Although these pups are less than a month old, they develop quickly, which is why they're already venturing out of the nest to explore their larger enclosure alongside their mother, Nairobi, and their father, Maputo.

"They learn by observing their mum and dad, so we’re very lucky that Nairobi and Maputo are proving to be fantastic and attentive first-time parents," keeper Courtney Mahony explains. "Nairobi is letting the pups suckle and grooming them at the right times, and Maputo protects them, huddles over them and curls up with them at night."

They're even starting to practice their iconic meerkat sentry stance!

A baby meerkat cries out.
(Photo: Paul Fahy/Taronga Zoo)

Although the sex of each pup won't be officially determined until their first veterinary check-up at the end of the month, keepers speculate that one is male and one is female.

"They may be young, but they’re already showing signs of their own little personalities," Mahony says. "Our male is the bigger of the two, and he’s more adventurous and inquisitive, while the female is quieter and prefers to stay close to mum."

Continue below to see more photos of these little fuzzballs.

A meerkat pup cuddles up to its mother.
(Photo: Paul Fahy/Taronga Zoo)
A meerkat pup paws at the camera lens.
(Photo: Paul Fahy/Taronga Zoo)
Meerkat pups explore their earthy enclosure.
(Photo: Paul Fahy/Taronga Zoo)
Meerkat pups explore their earthy enclosure.
(Photo: Paul Fahy/Taronga Zoo)

Catie Leary ( @catieleary ) writes about science, travel, animals and the arts.