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African's smallest (biggerrin non-thumbnail mode:)) Carnivore the smallest,<br />
In intelligence the tallest<br />
The savannah I hunt<br />
And locusts will stunt<br />
into the Hornbills beaks<br />
Protective service for weeks.<br />
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(crappy but informative poem by uhh me:))<br />
 Common Dwarf Mongoose,Geotagged,Helogale parvula,The Netherlands Click/tap to enlarge PromotedCountry intro

African's smallest (biggerrin non-thumbnail mode:))

Carnivore the smallest,
In intelligence the tallest
The savannah I hunt
And locusts will stunt
into the Hornbills beaks
Protective service for weeks.

(crappy but informative poem by uhh me:))

    comments (11)

  1. Did you know these species are the smallest carnivores in the continent of Africa? They team up with Hornbills: while hunting the grounds they scare locusts, which will run, jump anything to get away. There the hornbill birds await, teaming up with the Mongoose. They feast on the locusts and as a return gift they scout the neighbourhood constantly to signal for any danger ahead.
    Now they both profit. And live a long and prosperous life in the African heat.
    Posted 8 years ago
    1. Excellent shot Ludo, and I did not know about their cooperation with the hornbills, thanks for sharing.

      This reminds me of some Mongoose we saw in Madagascar. We were walking on a narrow path in a dense forest and a mongoose simply passed by us in the opposite direction. No hiding, no running, just passing us inches away as if it was saying "oh hai!".
      Posted 8 years ago
      1. Ghehe, the beauty in Madagaskar, I read in Darwin's 'The Discovery of Species' is that there haven't been real predators on the isle, no catlike, no monkeylike species. For millions of years there has been no treat to most living greatures that can run up a tree. Maybe this is an ode to that aspect. That must have been a sight. Posted 8 years ago
        1. Yes, I think that's it. Most mammals in Madagascar don't have a build-in fear of humans. They are cautious, but not afraid. Posted 8 years ago
          1. That's the lack of apes for you:) A beautiful thing really, not being afraid at first thought. I hope that will stay the same for millions of years to come, however unlikely, given the rate of deforestation you told us about. Posted 8 years ago
  2. He's had some damage on its back. Don't know the background of that. No hornbills to protect him I bet. Posted 8 years ago
  3. Thanks for the promotion!
    Posted 8 years ago
  4. Hi Ludo, did you make it's hair more light brown here and there (paws, ears, etc) or is this it's natural haircolor? Posted 8 years ago
    1. Nope, it is all natural, the light brown spots are the new hairs showing, the darker ones the winter fur dropping off. Posted 8 years ago
      1. Thank you for the explanation, never seen it with a 'summercoat', so it must have had his wintercoat on. Posted 8 years ago
  5. Nice shot. Could never get close enough to them to get this sort of shot but saw quite a few when in South Africa. Posted 6 years ago

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The common dwarf mongoose, sometimes just called the dwarf mongoose, is a small African carnivore belonging to the mongoose family.

Similar species: Carnivorans
Species identified by Ludo Sak
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Uploaded Sep 24, 2012. Captured Apr 1, 2012 11:41 in Reitse Hoevenstraat 79-81, 5042 Tilburg, The Netherlands.
  • Canon EOS 60D
  • f/5.6
  • 1/400s
  • ISO100
  • 85mm