Zoo uses Vicks VapoRub to stop meerkats fighting
They have become the best of friends - all thanks to a mystery ingredient.
In a first in the world of zoo keeping, animal experts have successfully set up a new group of meerkats with the help of a decongestant rub.
Three new arrivals at Paultons Park, near Ower, have been introduced to the park's two resident meerkats.
To prevent the animals from attacking the newcomers - which is the usual instinct for meerkats - the keepers came up with the ingenious idea of using Vicks VapoRub.
The novel solution involves rubbing Vicks on the animals' noses, under their tails and around their enclosure to block their scent for a couple of days.
It has been such a success they are now recommending it to other animal keepers.
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