HOW do you get a giggle out of meerkat? Simples, tickle it.
You may have heard of a laughing hyena, but at Whitehouse Farm Centre near Stannington, the meerkats are in hoots.
Alexander and his chums just can’t help but chuckle whenever their keeper tickles their tums.
And the ticklish creatures are spreading the laughter, sending visitors into stitches with their antics.
Staff member Karen Lovatt said: “Meerkats are very vocal and they do tend to chatter with their teeth.
“The keepers say they all have their own character, but they all definitely like being tickled on their tummies.”
Visitors have the opportunity to feed and handle many of the animals at the farm, including the meerkats.
The centre is currently open Tuesday to Friday, from 10am to 4pm, and on Saturdays and Sundays until 5pm. Last admission is an hour before closing.
For more information visit www.whitehousefarmcentre.co.uk