Lonely meerkat finds family life simples

A lonely meerkat who struggled to find a mate has gone from singleton to supermum, giving birth to quadruplets.

Staff at Twinlakes Park in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, set up lonely heart's website meerkatmatch.com for three-year-old Lily in April, attracting worldwide attention, after failing to find her a mate. Park bosses were contacted by the breeder of a two-year-old male from Cambridge, named Mr Darcy by staff, who hit it off with Lilly immediately.

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And yesterday they said they were delighted to hear the pitter patter of tiny paws on July 11, with quadruplets named Eeny, Meeny, Miney and Stumpy-Mo.

Emma Roe, office manager and "meerkat match-maker" said: "We are thrilled that Lilly has found love and now has a family; it's been a long emotional journey."