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Meerkat caught in downfall

It seems barely conceivable that we could moan anymore about the weather - but in the world of meerkats, April showers is just another excuse to whip out your multi-coloured umbrella. This enterprising fellow took advantage of this week's downpours to flaunt his poseur skills at Chessington World of Adventures. And he's not alone in getting handy with an umbrella; from pigs to squirrels and beyond, a whole host of creatures are busy raiding their wardrobes for the animal equivalent of rainy day style saviours. So if you're feeling a little below the weather about this never-ending spout of rain, scroll down for some April cheer - courtesy of the animal kingdom...

Photos: Chessington World Of Adventures and Rex Features

This meerkat, Charlie, finds ample shelter from a downpour at Chessington World of Adventures Resort. The epitome of style...

Wilson, a seven-year-old Maltese mix dog, takes refuge from the storms under an umbrella and waterproof coat in Melbourne. Those boots would give Glastonbury fashionistas a run for their money...

A squirrel avoids the rain under a novelty umbrella in Fareham, Hampshire.

Bulldogs Archie and Louis retreat under a brolly in Jacobstowe, West Devon. Their expressions say it all.

Midge the piglet has ample enough room to stay dry under this giant umbrella in Kenniford Farm in Devon.

Even this albino wallaby is at it, hiding from a flash downpour at the Secret World Animal Sanctuary in Somerset.

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