Yes, you’ve read correctly, mongoose is one small but fearless mammal! While this animal is adorable and furry, it is far from harmless. Heck, there is even a story about this true fighter! In the book, the young mongoose protects the family from a cobra that would have killed the child. So, here we have both a fighter and a body guard!
How does a mongoose look?
Well, our cute and dangerous friend has long face and body, small, rounded ears, short legs, and long, tapering tails. Also, the non-retractile claws are used primarily for digging. Most species have a large anal scent gland, used for territorial marking and signaling reproductive status. When it comes to size, they vary from 9,4 to 22,8 inches, and weighing from only 11 oz to 11 pounds.
Diet and habitat.
Mongooses are native to Southern Europe, Africa and Asia. These animals live in burrows, and feed on small mammals, birds, reptiles, eggs, and occasionally fruit. As we mentioned at the beginning, these amazing mammals will even attack and kill snakes! They depend on speed and agility, darting at the head of the snake and cracking the skull with a powerful bite. So, don’t even consider to mess with them!
A mongoose can have 1-5 babies, called pups, up to 4 times a year. Mongoose moms synchronize the birth of their pups and generally have them all on the same day to ensure that as many as possible survive. If one mother has her pups out of sync with the others, she runs the risk of having her pups killed by another mother to eliminate competition for her pups.
One big and happy family.
Like their cousins, the meerkats, mongooses also live in a large community. Their group can be called “pack”, “gang” or “mob”. “Gang” is pretty cool, right? So, the group can have more than 50 members! And they all work like a big family. Each member has an important role and they share their food. Some mongooses will stand as the guard and warn the pack to retreat to their burrows when others are in danger. Others will go hunting while the rest take care of the babies.
These magnificent and tricky animals are true example of how families should work, don’t you agree?
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