Meerkats are standing up tall at a Melbourne zoo to get their paws on mealworms being spat from an automatic feeder.
The African mammals at Werribee Open Range Zoo are being showered in their favourite food as the intelligent wheel-like device spins to serve up their meal.
Keeper Katherine Quinn, the brains behind the computer-controlled feeder, said it's designed to allow random feeding, so the animals can't predict when and how their food will be dispensed.
"This keeps them constantly stimulated, instead of waiting for a keeper to arrive and feed them, which disrupts their natural behaviours," Ms Quinn said.
The meerkats are very active in the wild, and the feeder increases their activity level as well as reducing the effect a keeper's presence has on their behaviour.
"It's wonderful for the meerkats and wonderful for us, because it allows us to collect even more information and data on the animals' habits and behaviours," she said.
The remotely-controlled device encourages the meerkats to feed, interact and participate in natural behaviours, including searching for food.
Australian Associated Press