Charlie the meerkat was the weakest of four siblings, so his parents abandoned him after deciding they had enough kids. Luckily he's found a new, less exclusive family at Britain's Chessington Zoo. Click to watch.
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The parents weren't "horrible". They're animals with a much more narrowly defined grip on survival than us humans. We can afford to take care of our sick and weak. They cannot. Stop judging animals by human standards.