Squatter family moves into our home!


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.

2013-11-17 Mongooses 1 Mongooses 2

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. 

© Colonialist November 2013 (WordPress)


About colonialist

Active septic geranium who plays with words writing fantasy novels and professionally editing, with notes writing classical music, and with riding a mountain bike, horses and dinghies. Recently Indie Publishing has been added to this list.
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56 Responses to Squatter family moves into our home!

  1. Tokeloshe says:

    Ah, that is s-o-o cute.
    Wait till they plant a banana tree 😉


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  3. gpcox says:

    Whoa! They’re not only cute, but they sound hysterical, unique personalities.


  4. The Asian says:

    If I didn’t know you were near the beach and you didn’t mention that they mongooses, I would have thought that they were meerkats! It’s good to know that I’m not the only one that would have made that mistake though.


    • colonialist says:

      Yes, the meerkats we’ve had here were pets – it is not an area they are found in the wild. The mongooses, however, do occupy this area as the southernmost part of their distribution.


  5. optie says:

    How wonderful to have such charming and helpful tennants. Looking forward to some early morning photos. We have seen the odd mongoose at our holiday home but never a whole group at once.


  6. You are most fortunate. What an absolute treat, Mister N.


  7. cupitonians says:

    Congratulations on the additions to your family! They are adorable! I hear grandparenthood is a great place to be, emotionally 😉


  8. misswhiplash says:

    I never knew what a mongoose even looked like. They really are quite cute….. but are they similar to vermin..I am probably wrong , so don’t shoot me down in flames…I am the uninitiated, without information


  9. That is so wonderful, wow! I will be adding this to the roundup if you don’t mind?


  10. bulldog says:

    How lucky can you get… now you might learn to be an early riser…


  11. Very cute creatures……..unlike the roaches we get here.


  12. lucky you 😀 the aliens have landed


  13. Oh how adorable… you lucky lucky things !!!! I’m speechless with envy… I’m so glad they’ve come to the right place where they have kindly tolerant neighbours !!!


  14. adinparadise says:

    Sweet little family of Mongai, Col. 🙂


  15. Fascinating lodgers. The only mongoose I’ve ever known was Riki Tikki Tavi in the Just So Stories. I hope they stay, and learn to let you sleep in quietly.


  16. They look like they can take care of themselves. Such a happy occasion, having a new family nearby 🙂


  17. When I saw the picture I thought they were meerkats – not that I’ve ever actually seen a meerkat or a mongoose. I love that you are more than okay with them being in your basement and that you are protecting them as well. That is just very precious and, especially after my own post today, it reminds me of the many of us who nurture and care for life on this planet, and for the planet herself. Do wake up early, at least once or twice, to get good pictures for us though. Please.


  18. Leanne Cole says:

    I worked in a bike shop a few years ago and there was a bike brand, Mongoose, I always thought it was a made up name and then someone told me that they were an animal, I think, sorry, I can’t remember, but this is the first time I have really heard about them. They sound really interesting, almost like children too.


  19. nrhatch says:

    I didn’t realize that Mongoose stand up like Prairie Dogs, Meerkats, and Groundhogs.

    Hope that they turn out to be terrific neighbors!


  20. cobbies69 says:

    how fabulous this is,, in the forest when mother was alive we once had a nest of adders..;)


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  22. SuziCate says:

    Thanks for sharing -I’ve never seen a mongoose! They look like they’re sassy little critters!


  23. footsy2 says:

    How blessed are you!!! When visiting a friend in ‘Toti we would leave an egg or two out on the veranda for a visiting gang. Enchanting.


  24. newsferret says:

    Wow, and now I am so jealoooooooooooose!!!!


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