Weird Animals – the Banded Mongoose and the Warthog

Manny the Banded Mongoose
Manny the Banded Mongoose

Weird Animals – the Banded Mongoose and the Warthog

Did you ever hear the joke about the private zoo owner who wanted to order more than one mongoose from an animal dealer? He wrote this letter:

"Dear Sir, Please send me two mongooses.” That didn't sound right so he tried again.

"Dear Sir, Please send me two mongeese." That still didn't sound right, so he wrote:

"Dear Sir, Please send me one mongoose. And while you’re at it, please send me another.”

So … what do you call more than one mongoose? Take a guess. According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary, the plural form of mongoose is . . . mongooses. Mongeese is also acceptable but rarely used.

Recently I wrote about the symbiosis between the Malaysian tree shrew, its poo, and the Pitcher Plant. Now I want to acquaint you with the banded mongoose which has an unusual symbiotic relationship with the fierce-looking warthog. Using my otherworldly, supernatural powers that enable me to communicate with animals, here is what I learned firsthand from a talkative African banded mongoose.

Meerkat Manor

Rudyard Kipling 1865 - 1936
Rudyard Kipling 1865 - 1936

Interview with Banded Mongoose

me – Thank you, Mr. Mongoose, for taking the time to answer a few questions.

Mongoose – Call me Manny. I don’t often get any interviews. In fact, to be honest, I never get any interviews.

me Is Manny your given name?

Manny – My scientific name is Mungos mungo. Is that a mouthful or what? But all my friends call me Manny.

me – You are very distinctive looking with those dark brown to black bands around your body.

Manny – Thank you for the compliment. There are 36 other species of mongooses, you know. Maybe you have heard of our famous relatives, those publicity hounds . . . the meerkats?

me – Your adorable kin are probably more well-known due to the popularity of the BBC ‘Meerkat Manor’ television specials.

Manny – They may be adorable but the famous writer, Rudyard Kipling, didn’t write a story about them.

me – Are you referring to ‘The Jungle Book’ written in 1894?

Manny – What else? A short story, ‘Rikki-Tikki-Tavi,’ in that beloved book relates the adventures of a valiant mongoose – like me – who protects its adopted British family living in India from two sinister cobras. Would I lie to you?

me – Only time will tell. So tell me a little more about yourself.

Habitat of Banded Mongoose

Central & Eastern Africa & South Africa
Central & Eastern Africa & South Africa
Resting in the shade from the noonday sun
Resting in the shade from the noonday sun

Indian Mongoose vs. Cobra

Mongoose Monologue

Manny – As you can see, we mongooses are about the size of small cats, 12 to 16 inches long (with an 8-inch tail), and weigh up to 5 pounds.

We live in the central and eastern parts of Africa from Gambia to Ethiopia as well as South Africa, and prefer tropical grassland, open forests, and rocky country. Do you know our favorite type of shelter?

me –Rental apartments?!

Manny – You are closer to the truth than you know. Our favorite dens are abandoned termite mounds – with no rental fee.

Since we live in colonies with an average of 7 to 20 mongooses, our dens are communal and usually contain a central sleeping chamber with up to 9 different entrances.

me – What would a typical day be like for you?

Manny – We search for food in groups during the morning, rest in the shade, and then forage again in the afternoon. Each member searches for food alone but we all return to our den before sunset.

me – I noticed you have long, strong claws.

Manny – The better to dig up our prey, my dear, from holes in the ground and in trees.

me – Which is … ?

Delicious Millipede
Delicious Millipede
Dung beetles with genuine dung
Dung beetles with genuine dung
Mongoose with egg
Mongoose with egg

Mongoose Menu

Manny – Our main diet consists of insects, beetles and millipedes (similar to centipedes) as well as small rodents, little snakes, frogs, lizards, and the occasional unaware bird on the ground – and its eggs.

me – Do you have a favorite food?

Manny – Lobster! Sorry, I couldn’t resist that. Yes! We spend much of our time frequenting areas where large animals deposit their dung.

Before you ask, No, we do not eat dung. We eat the tasty, crispy dung beetles that eat the dung.

Another favorite is bird and reptile eggs. Usually we bite into the eggshell using our razor sharp teeth. But we also have an unusual special technique.

We throw the egg using our front legs between our back legs on to the hard ground behind us. We call that the ‘soccer’ maneuver. (Laughs)

Baby Banded Mongooses are adorable, too.
Baby Banded Mongooses are adorable, too.

Mongoose Miscellany

Manny – Speaking of maneuvers, when mongooses mate we make a high-pitched noise which is known as giggling. We often ‘giggle’ during courtship, too. (Looks proud)

After a two-month gestation, a female banded mongoose gives birth to a litter which ranges from two to six pups. These newborns are guarded in the den by several mongoose baby-sitters for the first month of their life while the others forage for food.

Have you heard of ‘begging’?

me – You mean like panhandling.

Manny – Exactly! After four weeks, the pups emerge from the den and approach different adults and follow them closely to beg for food.

me – Are you serious?

Manny – No, I’m Manny. Sorry. Each pup finds an adult escort that it will follow begging constantly for food with a high-pitched, bird-like chirp. Within a few days, each pup forms a stable association with a single escort who will feed and protect it for 9 to 13 weeks. After three months or so, pups can forage for food on their own.

me – Unbelievable!

Manny – Wait, I haven’t told you the really unbelievable facts yet – the symbiosis between the banded mongoose and the warthog.

African Warthog
African Warthog
Banded Mongooses dining 'al fresco'
Banded Mongooses dining 'al fresco'

The Mongoose and the Warthog

Manny – What do you know about the African warthog?

me – I know they can weigh 120 to 250 pounds, belong to the same family as domestic pigs, and are far from aesthetically pleasing to look at.

Manny – Ferociously ugly would not be a misstatement.

me – They have four sharp tusks, and little hair on their mostly bald heads which are covered with large, ugly ‘warts.’

Manny – Those warts are protective bumps. Did you know that warthogs also provide food for mongooses.

me – No way. Who would want to eat one? (Chuckling) What food are you referring to?

Manny – In Kenya and Uganda, mongooses have been filmed climbing aboard warthogs to feed on the numerous ticks and parasites they find upon their hides.

me – Now, that’s what I call symbiosis. The warthogs get free dry-cleaning and the mongooses get free dining.

Thank you for your time, Manny. Bon appetit!

Banded Mongooses Cleaning (Dining On) Ugly Warthog

© Copyright BJ Rakow, Ph.D. 2013. All rights reserved. Author, "Much of What You Know about Job Search Just Ain't So." Learn to write a dynamic resume and cover letter, network effectively, interview confidently, and negotiate salary.

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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

I voted everything but beautiful for this hub. There is nothing beautiful about a warthog. :)

You are amazing. Other than funny, you have taken an interesting niche and given it a great tweak, so now we have a series of articles on unusual animals written as a comedy. Brilliant! I sure hope these start getting tons of views because they are exceptional.

Keep it up my friend.

bill


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida

Loved this drbj.... your amazing wit coupled with a large helping of info that I did not know. Animals of all kinds fascinate me and have since I was very young so this was a definite read for me.

Have a lovely evening. An abundance of Angels are on the way to you.. ps :) Voted up...+++


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Becky Katz 3 years ago from Hereford, AZ

This is fascinating. The mongoose-warthog relationship was shown in the 2nd Lion King movie. Most people did not and do not know that kind of relationship can really exist. As usual, told with style and humor. I really enjoy it when you educate us.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States

I never knew much about warthogs before, but I am well informed now. I don't care much for their diet, but they are very unique creatures and this was quite interesting. I voted for everything but beautiful also because we must be honest. Well done!!


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

Eventhough you write funny hubs, i learn so much about animals and nature. Somehow i felt a pang of sadness for the warthog, he didn't try to eat another animal. He was content to be groomed. ( I like that too. ) Hee.. I thought the rental apartments comment was clever and original. I must admit that eating dung beetles turned me off BIG time. Keep on doing what you do best, teaching us about the animal world. Wonderful hub. Thank you.....


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Ericdierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Nobody gets all categories voted up from me--- I mean nobody. You are a small slugger at the plate and knocked this one a million feet out of the park.

Fantabulous, super duper, sharing and all that nonsense.

I just plain was happy having fun and learning stuff. Sex with a wife and making mud puddles with great small children are better but not by much.

Friend of mine, sometimes love just grabs us around the shoulders and guides us to the promised land of writing. I like it. thanks for nothing else but being you.


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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

What a clever and delightful hub here. Oh me, I believe you are the new dr doo little, as you truly do speak to the animals. This interview is beyond entertaining, yet very insightful as to these fascinating animals!

What a lovely and fun read to end the day with here. Thanks so much for sharing your gifts with us.

Voted up ++++ and sharing

Blessings, Faith Reaper


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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

I can't figure out why more people aren't getting a kick out of these. I shared & FBed.


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida

Another great interview. Yes, the Mongoose is a weird looking animal, but he's kind of cute, too. You are so good at talking to the animals, I have a suggestion for you.....why not interview the weird looking Armadillo? Ask him why he digs up my yard every night among other questions.

Voted UP and shared.


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fornalina 3 years ago from Poznan, Poland

I just love the way You convey the information. Most people would make quite a boring and average-looking article, but You do it in a most creative way that it's funny.

I'll definitely check out the rest of Your Hubs. I hope they are as funny and educational as this one.


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DreamerMeg 3 years ago from Northern Ireland

Loved your hub, really interesting to read. :)


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iguidenetwork 3 years ago from Austin, TX

Very engaging hub! The mongoose has got a lot to thank the warthogs for their meal. Nature is really awesome. Up and interesting, awesome.


Vickiw 3 years ago

This is a great way to spread information and have people remember it. I didn't look at your video, because I just can't stand snakes. I grew up in South Africa, and once babysat a mongoose for a friend. Thank Heavens it was only for two days! It was incredibly fast, anytime a drawer or cupboard was opened it would be into them like a flash. Not an easy pet, but very sweet. My apartment looked like a war zone at the end of the time! That was hands-on knowledge, but your Hub is highly preferable.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

I just love the way you write! Your humorous undertones (and overtones) make getting an education fun even at my age ;) You take two animals we've all heard of and then tell us all the things we didn't know about them in your fabulous interview style. Keep em coming my friend.

Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting and shared.


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

This is just wonderful! I love the way you are interviewing the mongoose, what an excellent way to add a little humor and personalize your information. Your hub is very engaging, interesting and just fun to read! Voting this up and awesome! :)


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rose-the planner 3 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

What a brilliant article! I thought your delivery method was clever, entertaining and most importantly, informative. I must say that the banded mongoose is not the cutest animal I have ever seen, lol. Loved your images. Bravo on a job well done! (Voted Up) -Rose


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas

What a clever way to be so informative. Children could even enjoy this hub and learn from it.


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CMHypno 3 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

I wonder if mongooses and warthogs look at us and think we're weird? Another great hub drbj, you have a really great way of presenting information in an entertaining way


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amillar 3 years ago from Scotland, UK

Hello drbj. I'm so impressed with your otherworldly interviews, and your unwavering ability to win the trust of such diverse interviewees. If it were me, I'm sure I'd put my foot in it every time (by asking the wrong questions) - so, would you mind asking your mongoose friend for me, if, when he goes out to the pub with his friends, do they go in flocks, herds, troops or gaggles?


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

You are SO right, Bill - the warthog may have a generous disposition where the banded mongoose is concerned, but beautiful is definitely not the appellation I would apply. Thanks for all the votes, m'dear.

And thanks for the sublime comments about my weird animal interviews. I do enjoy reading them as much as I enjoy writing these hubs. In the past I have interviewed Plato the Proboscis Monkey, Hippopotamus and the Banana Spider among others - all very fascinating creatures. Plan to 'keep it up' for awhile. :)


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Thank you, Patricia, for loving this. Delighted that I was able to provide some new animal info for you. I love animals, too, so I know exactly what you are talking about. Hope your evening as well as the coming weekend is lovely for you, too. And thanks for the up with the pluses.


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AliciaC 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

This is another fine hub to add to your weird animals series, drbj. The combination of education and entertainment is very enjoyable as well as very informative!


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Becky. I remember the warthog in the 'Lion King' film and he was a much more handsome animated animal than the real thing. As you can tell from my most recent two hubs, the process of symbiosis among the animal kingdom fascinates me.

Thank you for your lovely comments and enjoying this 'education,' m'dear.


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Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

I remember Rikki Tikki Tavi. I loved that story.

“We throw the egg using our front legs between our back legs on to the hard ground behind us. We call that the ‘soccer’ maneuver. (Laughs)”

This is just one excerpt for this story that makes it so charming, fun and educational to boot.

The “dining al fresco” is amazing. I never knew that. A symbiotic relationship with the wart hog is the perfect description. And the hog just lies there as if he’s at a spa.

I always enjoy your hubs. Voted up +


Supers49 3 years ago

You are truly amazing! Brilliant does not say enough. Your writing is Superfine


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Mike Robbers 3 years ago from London

Another great addition to the weird animals series! Mongooses are great and fully little animals. Thanks for sharing.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Delighted, Pamela, that you are well informed now about both warthogs and banded mongooses. Me, too. Both species are unique and interesting, and I do understand that your honesty prevented you from voting 'beautiful' - would not have it any other way. Thanks for the well done, too, m'dear.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Dear Ruby - the warthog appreciates your empathy - he is not at all as ferocious as he looks and prefers grassland to mongooses. Which is of course, fortunate for the mongoose. And who doesn't love a massage especially when the price is right!

Thanks for appreciating my 'rental apartments' remark - I'm kinda fond of that one, too. And dung beetles are fascinating to watch. Period. Thanks for the visit, m'luv, and the sweet comments.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Wow, Eric, your generously sublime comments made me smile ... all over! Delighted to think I may have knocked this one out of the park. Thank you for the way-beyond super duper comments.

Interesting that you compared the benefits of marital sex with mud-puddle-making with kids and lumped in this hub as well. And your final line - what an exquisite comment to make. I shall be forever grateful. :)


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

To be compared, Faith, to the eminent Dr. Doolittle is high praise indeed. Thank you, m'dear. 'Beyond entertaining' will be my new catch-phrase thanks to your gracious appreciation.

Delighted I could provide a fun read to end your day. 'Twas my pleasure, m'dear. And thanks as always for the Up and the sharing.


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Ericdierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

drbj, congratulations on this great hub and it's amazing reception. doing good good is really cool.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Martin. Thank you for your concern. If more folks don't get a kick out of these I may get a warthog of my own and take revenge. On the other hand, that wouldn't work 'cause warthogs are rather laissez faire creatures despite their fierce appearance. Thanks for the sharing and FBing, m'dear.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

You are correct, mary, the adult mongoose won't win an award for beauty, but the babies are kinda cute. So sorry that a pesky armadillo is digging up your yard - maybe he could be trained to keep it trimmed instead. I'll take your suggestion for an armadillo interview under advisement. Thanks for the visit, m'luv, the Up and the sharing. Give Baby a hug for me.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

So nice to meet you, fornalina - what a charming name.

Thank you for loving my article and the more than kind comments - all absolutely true, of course. Yes, please do check out more of my hubs. You will find a dozen more interviews with weird animals and three dozen interviews with undead (figuratively speaking) celebrities. They are funny and educational. too. Trust me.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Nice to make your acquaintance, DreamerMeg. Thanks for visiting and loving my hub. I visited your beautiful country once and searched for the Loch Ness monster - to interview, that is. But he/she must have been on vacation that day. ;)


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Nice to make your acquaintance, DreamerMeg. Thanks for visiting and loving my hub. I visited your beautiful country once on my way to search for the Loch Ness monster - to interview, that is. But he/she must have been on vacation that day. ;)


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, iguide... So happy you found this engaging, interesting and awesome - some of my favorite adjectives. Nature really can be awesome and in this case both the mongoose and the warthog exchange quid pro quo. Thanks for the up, too, m'dear.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Can't blame you, Vicki, for not wanting to watch the mongoose demolish the cobra. Snakes are not my favorite video performers either. Yes, mongooses are incredibly fast - one of the reasons they are so good at catching - you'll forgive my using the word again - snakes! Reading about mongooses is much easier than caring for them.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

And I just love YOU, Mary, for loving the way I write. Making education and work 'fun' has been a life-long objective of mine in every profession I've been involved with. Thank you for the gracious comments and I'll keep 'em coming for you, m'dear. And thanks also for the Up and sharing and stuff.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, sg, thank you for loving my 'humorous, personalized' mongoose interview. That is my favorite approach. And thank you for the sublime adjectives and the Up. If you want more fun, take a look at some of my other Weird Animal Interviews as well as Interviews with dead celebrities.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Rose, thanks for being entertaining by my 'brilliant, clever, informative' hub. Although the banded mongoose may not be the cutest animal ever, this particular subject was extremely verbal. ;)

Thanks for the Bravo and the Up, m'dear.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, shanmarie - you are so right. Children as well as adults can enjoy and learn from 'clever and informative' articles about animals (or anything else) that are written in a humorous albeit educational vein. That's my story and I'm sticking with it. ;0


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Of course they think we are weird, Cynthia. Have you ever looked at the faces of monkeys in the zoo? Every one of them is silently appraising us and thinking: "Those folks are on the wrong side of the fence!"

Thank you for the lovely comments, m'luv, you do have a way with words.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Delighted, amillar, that you are impressed not only with my interviews but my ability to win over such 'diverse interviewees.' You could never ask a wrong question, my friend.

Manny assured me that when he goes out on the town with his buddies they are called a group or a troop. Their favorite drink if you're wondering is bug-juice.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Thank you, Alicia, for enjoying this and my other weird animal hubs. Have you read my Interview with Proboscis Monkey? Plato (the monkey) asked me to ask you. Thanks for that lovely phrase: 'combination of education and entertainment' - that I like to think is my benchmark.


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Chatkath 3 years ago from California

This is quite interesting. As an animal lover I don't discriminate. Now I know all about the mongoose simply by reading this intriguing interview. So many creatures

So little time!

Thank you for sharing this revealing dialogue! Voted up


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

Entertaining, funny and full of useful info, brilliant drbj! loved it! I couldn't believe it about the begging for food thing, how amazing! voted up and shared! nell


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Genna. Me, too. Rikki Tikki Tavi was one of my favorite stories from the Jungle Book when I was a child - several eons ago. So happy you found this fun as well as educational. And that you got at least a chuckle from the soccer maneuver.

I am always fascinating by symbiotic relationships and this one is one of the most interesting to me. The warthog is completely docile while the mongooses are dining even though at times either Manny or his friends will thrust their respective noses into a number of different warthog orifices - if you know what I mean. Thanks for enjoying this and the Up+, m'dear.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

With a comment like 'brilliant does not say enough,' Supers, you are surely the amazing one. Thank you, thank you. Superfine you say - that is the ultimate compliment, m'luv.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Thanks, Mike, for appreciating this latest addition to my Weird Animals series. Happy you found the mongooses to be great and 'funny.' So did I! And the sharing was my pleasure.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Thanks for the congrats, Eric, and the return visit. You are so right - doing good is really cool - whether it's writing or living or loving. Or answering comments from faithful, discriminating readers like yourself.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Chatkath, delighted to enlarge your mongoose (and warthog) education with this 'revealing dialogue.' Thanks for the visit, the kind comments, and the up. And you are so on the money: so many creatures, so little time!


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Nell. Thanks for loving this and being entertained by the 'useful info.' The 'begging' process is amazing - the adult mongooses become foster parents for the pups. Thanks for the up vote and the sharing, too, m'luv.


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epigramman 3 years ago

Well my dear friend and legendary hub colleague you and I are definitely joined at the literary hip as I often write about weird animals especially the two legged kind, lol lol lol.

This is our holiday weekend with Canada Day on Monday and it's amazing to think how fast summer is moving. I sincerely hope all is well with you these days and I will madly and gladly link and post your hub presentation 'along' with your main Hub bio page as well to my Facebook wall in order to start a DRBJ revolution/evolution which shall rival Beatlemania, lol.

We are sending to you 3 big Canadian hugs courtesy of Colin, Tiffy and Gabriel at lake erie time 11:34am with first cup of coffee, a Mozart piano concerto and soon to be eaten haggis and black pudding.

Thank you as always for inspiring me and making me laugh and marvel at your poetic comments and of course your peerless work here on your page


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marion langley 3 years ago from The Study

If I hadn't seen the pictures I wouldn't have believed it. That is awesome and what a fun writing style. Give Manny Mungo a high five from me! I wonder if as a farmer with pigs what the benefits would be to own a mongoose? Do some breeds/species do better than others in a more temperate climate?


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa

Oh, I love learning about animals. Personally I have not yet seen a Banded Mongoose down here, but millions of Waaierstert and Stokstertmeerkatte - don't have my dictionary on hand. The latter are even kept as pets. Oh, and they know how to beg. Interesting - the daughters take care of the neighbors' babies while mothers go out to eat, then the fathers abuse the poor girls..... But this is nature's way of preventing inbreeding....

Very interesting interview!


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AudreyHowitt 3 years ago from California

How can anything this cute be so fearsome?


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Scribenet 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Pretty brave going up to an ugly warthog to eat a bug, but then again an animal that faces a cobra probably has little fear...they are cute, but then again I have a soft spot for their cousin the meerkat as well!


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nicomp 3 years ago from Ohio, USA

Are any of us actually surprised that abandoned termite mounds are available for immediate occupancy? If the termites moved out, how great could it be?

Are these venues listed on Priceline.com? I have a vacation coming up. Wireless Internet is a deal-breaker.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Love to read your sweet comments, Colin, and you are so right - we are both intrigued by weird animals, human and otherwise. Happy Canada Day to you and happy every other day as well.

I do appreciate your allowing me to post silly little comment verses on your hubs. To know that they and my hubs may inspire you as well as make you laugh makes my day! Believe it! And it is sweet of you to post my stuff to your FB wall. Thank you!

Hugs to you, Tiffy and Gabriel and don't stop writing your exemplary, extraordinary epigrams - they make MY day!

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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Nice to meet you, Marion. Manny said to high five you back and add a fist pump, too. Thanks for the kind comments. If you have too many snakes on your farm, a mongoose is just the ticket. But if not, be aware that they dig up everything - including crops.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Martie. The Waaierstert you mentioned is the stick-tail meerkat and the Stokstertmeerkatte which is smaller, is the Cape ground squirrel. Not surprised that they may be 'professional' beggars.

The banded mongoose is a fascinating animal to study and the warthog, although it looks ferocious, would rather run than fight. Thanks for finding this as interesting as I did.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

The mongoose is cute, Audrey, but if you were a cobra ... beware!


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Scribenet. Yes, the mongoose does act fearless when it attacks a cobra or other snakes, but the warthog is like its best buddy. I agree with you - those meerkats are - shall I say - adorable? Did you watch the 'Meerkat Manor' TV series? I did not miss one single episode.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, nicomp. Some of those rental termite mounds can be quite roomy with as many as 9 separate entrances/exits. The termites move when their food supply is exhausted.

Wireless Internet is not available though - the termites ate all the wiring.


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Scribenet 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Yes, I must admit...I am a "Meerkat Manor" fan... LOL. I even had people calling me to remind me to watch cause they knew I was a fan... I even watch reruns. :)


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Another reason why I love you, Scribenet - I even taped the series to watch at my leisure. :)


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Scribenet 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

That is why HubPages is so great....kindred spirits! :)


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

. . . and great minds, m'dear.


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carolina muscle 3 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

I learned a lot from this one, drbj... but I have to admit, I wouldn't wanna hang around with either of em. LOL -- fascinating hub !!!!


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christopheranton 3 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

Great little animal and a great hub as well. Thanks for sharing it.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Can't say I blame you, Chris, but I am glad to have expanded your universe a little with regard to the association between the mongoose and the warthog.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

It was my pleasure to share, christopher, thank you for dropping by.


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Jeannieinabottle 3 years ago from Baltimore, MD

Personally, I prefer "mongeese" over "mongooses" but my computer is underlining mongeese in red right now. Gasp! The English language is so weird. Cute hub and voted up!


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precy anza 3 years ago from San Diego

Enjoyed this interview so much! And like others I learned a lot about mongooses. :) The young ones are so cute!


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Jeannie. I agree - the English language is so weird that I am happy it is my first language. Would not want to have to learn it from scratch at this date. Thanks for the visit, the 'cute' and the Up.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Happy I could add to your knowledge of the banded mongoose, precy. Thanks for enjoying this interview. The cute little baby mongooses thank you, too.


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sueroy333 3 years ago from Indiana

Wow. I loved this. I really thought the mongoose was a goner when he went up against the cobra. There's a lot to be said about the quickness of a born moocher.

I've known some family members that may be part mongoose.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, sueroy. Thanks for loving this. Mongooses are sworn enemies of cobras and fast on the draw. My condolences to you m'dear, regarding those part-mongoose family members. Ah me, every family seems to blessed (?) with a few.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida

Another terrific interview. I love these informative, entertaining litter interviews.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, KKGals. Thanks for loving my 'terrific,' interview. You are SO discriminating, m'dear.


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

I love this funny, interesting and educational interview. I have not heard about these animals. Thanks for sharing this as I always learned a lot from you. Have a great week!


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Thelma. Delighted I could acquaint you with this mongoose and his buddy, the warthog. It was my pleasure to share this. Thank you for your laudatory comments, m'dear.


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

So very interesting and thank you for sharing. Enjoy your day.

Eddy.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Thank you, Eddy, for visiting. May you have an enjoyable week, m'dear.


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Rosemay50 3 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

I love the way you teach with humour. That baby just looks too cute to be viscious. Unbelievable that they just follow any adult to beg for food. One big happy family by the sounds of it.

Fascinating videos

P.S Did you hear about the zoo in Beijing that used dogs to pose as lions, wolves and leopards. Now that would make a fun interview :))


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Thanks, Rosemary, for loving my humorous teaching methods. Yes, baby mongooses are cute but they can be vicious when attacking cobras. The begging/feeding behavior is fascinating to observe.

That Beijing zoo seems interesting - I'll have to check out their unusual stocking methods. Thanks for the heads-up.

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