Weekly Photo Challenge: Community / Byebye band of banded bandits!


The Banded Mongoose community which decided to use our home as a base for their latest batch of offspring has successfully weaned them and has decided to move on.   We will miss their morning squabbles and seeing them dart hither and yon, but I agree with them that we have too many resident dogs for comfort.


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39 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: Community / Byebye band of banded bandits!

  1. gpcox says:

    I can’t get enough of these little guys – one look and I’m laughing.


  2. Gobetween says:

    Thanks for sharing your interesting photos. I think these unexpected guests would make me panic.


  3. What a cute little community, Col. I see that they can stand up on their hind legs, just like the Meerkat. 🙂


  4. Amazing photos and a good choice for the theme, especially if you consider the wider community of you all co-existing. They look like meerkats when they stand up. As does one of my dogs – I’ve got visions of him dancing around a mongoose on his two feet. Either that or he’d decide to hunt it 😦 There are so many of them – do they have large litters?


    • colonialist says:

      Their behaviour is similar to that of meerkats, in the wild or domesticated – I have known both groups both ways.
      These mongooses have litters up to six, averaging just under 3. They are asynchronous breeders, so all the births happen at more or less the same time. Their groups – called bands – are generally more than 30, and sometimes more than double that.


  5. bulldog says:

    Such a pity that all good things must come to an end… I’d love it if they took up a permanent residence under my house…


  6. bluebee says:

    Amazing how they form these tight-knit communities. So lovely to have them close by, for a time at least.


  7. nrhatch says:

    I’m glad they managed to reduce your reptilian neighbors during their stay. 😀


  8. Don’t like! I was enjoying this little family.


  9. Lovely animals. I expect you’ll be seeing them again next year.


  10. disperser says:

    Sad to hear. But, like many things, this too had to pass.


  11. adeeyoyo says:

    Sad, Col, but for the best all round I think. ♥


  12. It was lovely to see these pictures of your mongoose. Plus several more! What an neat looking creature they are.


  13. Colline says:

    It was interesting seeing them all together like that. Do you think they will come back?


  14. footsy2 says:

    Ah well. Fun whilst it lasted.


  15. guyportman says:

    That’s a lot of Banded Mongooses. Snakes must steer clear of your garden.


  16. misswhiplash says:

    Second photo looks scary with those beady eyes….is it mongeese or mongosses….don, t laugh, its a genuine question


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