A Loose Women star now has a meerkat named after her at a Staffordshire zoo.

Drayton Manor Park has renamed one of its meerkats after Janet Street Porter after a request on the show last week.

The presenter said she was mortified to find out that a naked mole rat at Chester Zoo had been named after her - and asked if any zoos would name a meerkat after her instead.

The team at Drayton Manor Park's 15-acre on-site zoo named one of their meerkats after the Loose Women star, and Janet has said she is a huge fan.

Fellow Loose Women panellist Ruth Langsford revealed the namesake on the show today, saying: "So a meerkat is what you'd like.

"Well, Janet, news just in – the team at Drayton Manor theme park and zoo have named one of their female meerkats Janet Street Porter.

"Janet the meerkat is seven years old, she's very sociable – interestingly – and she lives in a gang of eight meerkats. She also lives with three cape-crested porcupines and gets on well with them. She's spiky, you see."

Janet thanked the park for naming the meerkat after her – which she described as “beautiful”.

Janet the meerkat lives at Drayton Manor Park’s conservation zoo, along with more than 100 animals from all over the world including endangered species such as tigers, red pandas and monkeys.

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