Woolworths meerkat statues with cult following returns to shelves

The supermarket is bringing back a wildly popular item after it sparked a huge customer demand last year – and you’ll definitely want one.

They’re the “strange” item that attracted a cult following among shoppers last year.

Now Woolworths shoppers hoping to fill a meerkat-shaped hole in their home can rejoice, with the statues making a comeback at the supermarket.

You’ll have plenty of choice too, with Woolies selling 35 different meerkat designs such as a fairy, lifeguard or bride and groom starting from $8.

The supermarket is also selling meerkats with solar lights attached from $20 and DIY meerkat painting kits for $5.

Woolworths general manager for everyday needs James Hepworth said the supermarket was “excited” to be bringing back the meerkats after they were so “hugely popular” the last time around.

“Customers exceeded our expectations for demand with these meerkats last year, and this year they’ll find a range of new and quirky designs and personalities as a way to get families out of the house and in the garden,” he said.

Last year, Woolworths CEO Brad Banducci revealed the supermarket had sold a whopping 60,000 meerkat statues in less than a month.

Woolworths had doubled its order of meerkat statues in 2020 but still managed to sell the equivalent of 2019’s stock in the first week.

Shoppers lucky enough to get their hands on the statues took to Facebook to show off their “adorable” collection, while others used social media to search for particular ones.

“Does anyone know where I can purchase the bride and groom meerkats? Have looked everywhere – any help appreciated,” one shopper asked.

This year Woolworths is also selling 34 Australian wildlife-themed garden ornaments that will give back to the environment, with 50 cents from the sale of each item going to WIRES.

“Spring is one of the busiest times of year for wildlife rescues, as baby birds and animals may become separated from parents and wildlife comes into closer contact with potential hazards as they emerge from winter inactivity,” WIRES philanthropy and partnerships manager Cathy Sowden said.

“These funds will go towards helping wildlife carers across the country feed and support the animals they are nursing back to health.”

All the new products are available on Woolies shelves and online from today but only while stocks last.

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