On Sunday morning early as the sun was rising we came upon this little guy....
The Dwarf mongoose is the smallest African mongoose. They have a body length between 18 and 28 cm and weigh between 200 and 350g.
They have short, thick brown fur which is finely grizzled with either red or black. They have small eyes and ears.They have short legs and long claws.
They are found in the grasslands and woodlands of Southern Africa. They can be found at altitudes up to 2000m and live in old termite mounds. Nearby they will make a communal latrine for both urine and faeces. They live in groups upto 20 individuals and they consist of a dominant pair, their offspring and several sub-ordinate males and females. The dominant female is the leader of the group while the male often observes their surroundings for signs of threat. This little guy was doing just that while the family huddled at the bottom of the fallen tree in the early morning sun.
Tags: Dwarf mongoose
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