Exmoor Zoo has said a sad goodbye to Seemples the much-loved meerkat who met thousands of people in North Devon.
In a Facebook post last night (Wednesday), Lynn Reynolds at the zoo said over the past few weeks he had begun to show his advanced age for a meerkat of nine years.
She said: “Needless to say we are all totally devastated. He brought so much joy and happiness to those who met him.
“He was most probably the best ambassador our zoo has ever had. He visited literally hundreds of venues such as schools, nurseries, playgroups, holiday camps, residential and nursing homes during his life.”
Seemples came into the lives of Lynn and Danny Reynolds at the zoo when he was abandoned by his mother in the depths of February and not expected to survive.
At first he was thought to be a ‘she’ and was not expected to make it but soon was following ‘mum’ Lynn everywhere, even joining her and the dogs on their daily walks.
Lynn added: “He held the record for the most libraries visited in Devon by a meerkat when he toured the libraries last year on the reading challenge.
“He will be sadly missed by all of us and hopefully remembered by everybody who ever met him.”