A large family, with the aim of making an even larger family, has moved into our house – with us still living here!
When Border Collies Toby and Tess went for them, they simply ganged up on them and chased them away.
Actually, they are welcome. Banded mongooses are the cutest creatures imaginable. They lived in our ‘basement’ for decades, but some years ago they stopped. I thought it was because of the Pooch Pack having got overlarge. However, a family of 20 -30 mongooses has moved in again, Pooch Pack or no Pooch Pack, and may be seen leaving early in the morning for wherever they spend their days. Due to their timing, I have missed seeing them – I am not an early bird.
I am informed by the earlier risers that when confronted by Tess, and later by Toby, the pictured group not only stood their ground but advanced threateningly. The dogs retreated.
The only downside is that they tend to be rather rowdy down there after they wake up. They were rolling something around and banging it against things this morning. If it was an egg, it was a very tough one. Also, their chittering can be a bit disturbing when one is still trying to sleep.
Anyway, I have closed off the side of the house where they have their entrance to keep the dogs from disturbing them, particularly when there may soon be very young ones.
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