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    A baby meerkat that disappeared from Perth Zoo has been found alive.

    According a spokeswoman for Perth Zoo, the one-month-old meerkat was being looked after by specialists before returning to its family.

    The meerkat went missing after leaving its nest box; zoo workers had feared that it had been stolen or taken by a predator.

    "He was very stressed, tired and hungry just like any bub that's been away from mum," a spokeswoman for Perth Zoo said.

    The police have confirmed that the meerkat was stolen and said that it was found in Beverley, a small town about 130 km southeast of Perth.

    "As a result of inquiries by Kensington Police, a search warrant was executed at a house in Beverley around 6:00pm [last night]," a police spokesman said.

    Now zoo staff plans to determine the meerkat's sex and to choose a name for it.

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