Mother’s Day is special at the Hunter Valley Zoo

Mothers come in all shapes and sizes at this zoo MUM’S THE WORD: A meerkat pup with its mother.
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TOO SWEET: Hunter Valley Zoo has several new mothers, including this first-time capybara mum with her two babies. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

NEW MUMS: A baby marmoset eating a grub.

NEW MUMS: A marmoset gazas at it’ reflection in the smartphone of primate keeper Daisy Murphy, while one of the babies looks on.

HUNGRY: A pair of baby marmosets wait for grubs to be prepared by their parents.

FAMILY FEED: Baby marmosets huddle up to one of the parents as they dine on grubs.

A FEAST: A baby marmoset huddles up to a parent while enjoying a mealy grub.

LOOKOUT: An adult meerkat watches for danger while pups play wiuth primate keeper Daisy Murphy’s boots.

INQUISITIVE: Meerkat pups go exploring.

A SHOE-IN: Curious meerkat pups and a pair of adults investigate the boot of a zoo keeper.

FAMILY AFFAIR: Adult meerkats with their two pups.

NEW MUMS: Hunter Valley Zoo has several new mums, including this capybara mother with her two babies.

NEW MUMS: Hunter Valley Zoo has several new mums, including this capybara mother with her two babies.

NEW MUMS: Hunter Valley Zoo has several new mums, including this capybara mother with her two babies.

NEW MUMS: Hunter Valley Zoo has several new mums, including this capybara mother with her two babies.

NEW MUMS: Hunter Valley Zoo has several new mums, including this capybara mother with her two babies.

KEEPING WATCH: An adult meerkat with its two pups.

KEEPING WATCH: An adult meerkat with its two pups.

TAKING A PEEK: A baby marmoset pokes its head around the parent to take a look at the camera.

TOGETHERNESS: A meerkat mum with her pup.

TweetFacebookMothers hold a special place in our hearts, but we’re not the only species who like to show their appreciation.

Walking around Hunter Valley Zoo, it is clear to see maternal instinct in action.

Between the meerkats, capybaras and ring-tail lemurs, you don’t need to look far to see sweet family moments.

Primate keeper Daisy Murphy said there were at least 10 new species of animals with new babies at the zoo.

An adult meerkat watches for danger while pups play with primate keeper Daisy Murphy’s boots.

Where possible, they try tokeep them with their mothers as much as possible.

“We only intervene if it’s absolutely necessary,” she said.

“We have a baby wombat at the moment who is being hand-raised, unfortunately his mum got hit by a car.

“But, apart from that, we just let them do what they want to do.”​

The Maitland Mercury

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