Meerkats are pretty darn cute. With their tall, slender bodies and expressive faces, these critters are often caught perched on their two hind feet, scanning the savanna for predators. That being said, baby meerkats are even cuter. Photographer Will Burrard-Lucas recently traveled to the Makgadikgadi Pans region of Botswana to snap pictures of the beloved creatures. While there, Burrard-Lucas had the pleasure of capturing various images of a meerkat community that included some three-week-old baby meerkats. The resulting photos are playful, adorable and sure to brighten your day.
As you can see in this short clip, the baby meerkats enjoyed the photoshoot almost as much as Burrard-Lucas did:
Meerkats are friendly, family-oriented animals. They often live in communities and work together to stay safe and find food. Baby meerkats are raised by more than just their mothers—usually fathers and siblings pitch in to care for the young. These squirrel-like animals communicate with purring sounds, a language that helps them coordinate while hunting or standing guard.
In 2005, Animal Planet debuted Meerkat Manor, a reality show-inspired series that documented the lives of meerkats as they lived through circumstances that any human family might have faced, such as losing a loved one, moving to a new home or welcoming the birth of a child. Of course, the meerkats looked a whole lot cuter than any reality show star we’ve ever seen.