Baby Mongooses… Mongeese… (um…)

The Bronx Zoo recently welcomed a trio of baby mongooseses… er, mongoosi.  Here, mama mongoose monitors her mongoslings.  (Hm, that didn’t sound right… mongrels, maybe? Nah, really no…)



  1. Why do I have the sudden urge to head to my polling place?

  2. We called them mongeese in Hawaii. They were all over the place. Mongoslings is good, yessss.

  3. yup, they’re mongooses. don’t know why other than it being another anomaly of the english language. SQUEEEEE!

  4. LOL, Pheas. They are a bit stoat-like. 😀

  5. And their names are “Riki” “Tiki” and “Tavi”. Or they should be, if they aren’t.

  6. Well, according to Wikipedia, “mongooses” is more common than “mongeese”, but apparently both can be used. (Usually, I just say “there’s a mongoose; and another one….and another one…)

    And yes, they’re everywhere in Hawaii….

  7. From the Oxford English Dictionary. Love all the forms! Those are some cute Mongoos.

    Plural mongooses, (irreg.) mongeese, (irreg.) mongoose, (irreg.) mongooze.
    Forms: {alpha}. 16 mounggoutia, 16- mongoose, 17 mongoes, 17 mungose, 17-18 mongoos, 17-18 mongooz (in sense 2), 17-18 mongoz, 17-18 mungos, 17- mungoos, 18 mongous (in sense 2), 18 moongus, 18 mungous, 18- mungoose.{beta}. 17-18 mangoost, 17-18 mangoust, 18 mangouste.

    [Don’t forget 74- Mingus! – Ed.]

  8. Narration for the end:
    “OK kid, that’s all the humans can handle of your cuteness. Time for bed.”
    “Alright Mom! Gawsh!”

  9. Why is it every time I see mongeese, meerkats or prairie dogs, I want to look at people and bob my head, and then duck back under something and chew at something in between my little pawsies. And the look back at them again and chitter….

    Ok time to take the medicine again…

    [Sore throat from all the chittering? You might try mixing up a little salt water, and mongargle… – Ed.]

  10. Teeny Gozer says:

    Well, hallo, Riki-Tiki-Cutie-Pies!

  11. I thought the mom WAS one of the babies. Then I saw the actual babies and promptly collapsed.

  12. At the end, I envision Mama Mongoose saying something like “Young man, you get your tail inside this den right now! You’re not too big for me to carry you by the scruff your neck, you know!”

  13. They’re little skitter monsters! Born to lurk and sproing. At the beginning of the video, I thought the first one was the baby, then she moved and I saw the babies behind her! My high pitched squeal made my cat run from the room.

  14. Oh, Lizzycat, you beat me.

  15. I love the last shot … Mom’s like… get your sorry azz back in the house I told you you’re grounded!!!! LOL

  16. I vote for mongoslings!!! Love the stupendously high BEF. What a pack of cuties!


    Straight outta the hood as well – respect 😉

  18. kibblenibble says:

    You mean they *aren’t* stoats? Whatever. Super cute they are!

  19. Do you think they’d blend?

    [Well they certainly don’t clash. – Ed.]

  20. It’s quite simple:
    Singular: Mongoose
    Plural: Polygoose

    [LOL. I think we might still have a little polygoose potion in the cabinet, from the last Potter movie party. – Ed.]

  21. i propose a trade: hawaiians can have some of our georgia possums in exchange for a few mongeeses…that seems fair, right? 🙂

  22. We will just have to find something to do that rhymes with “Mongoose.” Or “Mongeese.”


  24. PPS They’re not just regular mongoslings, peeps, they’re DWARF mongoslings!

  25. PPPS @Beth, GO OED!!

  26. capt' tightpants says:


  27. Where I work, I see mongoose on a daily basis… and the students on campus don’t bother them. However they were responsible for eradicating a lot of the native species on Hawaii, which is why they’re allowed to be killed… I’ve seen a bunch of family units at the school, and they aren’t as cute as the dwarf mongoose. They also don’t look that similiar, as the Hawaiian mongoose has smaller ears, and a much longer body so it looks almost like the length of a weasel.

  28. Mongi

  29. Taking mongoslings to the obvious conclusion- monsignets.

  30. harlemgrrl says:

    quite possibly the best movie ending i’ve ever seen on you tube

    :: git back in heeeere ::

    [Dinner is ON THE TABLE, mister pokey-pants! – Ed.]

  31. 0:47 – foot nommage!

    Saw a photo of these little guys last night and I was absolutely certain they’d show up here sooner or later. Such sweet little faces!

  32. @Eric’s suggestion works for me, but it would mess up alphabetical lists.

  33. Beth (in NC) says:

    Mongoogle… hahahaha

  34. The opening bit reminded me of the Prairie Dog video synched to “Another one Bites the Dust”.

  35. Mongirls and Monguys

  36. Mirelmture says:

    What a cute mongaggle~!

  37. earlybird1 says:

    Superprotective Mom is all, “lick, lick, lick, WHAT’STHAT??! Lick, lick, lick, “WHAT’STHAT??!” Love the ferocious rescue mission at 1:07. LOL!

  38. Heeeeeeee, I love their little bobby heads.

    Wee mongoosies!

  39. Lucy's Mommeh says:

    Betcha they are pretty similar to ferrets.
    Kneesocks wif teefs.
    Cute. Do want.

  40. Mom’s like: get back here, I’m not done with you! 😀

  41. Hey! I work with those guys! Fancy seeing them here! The heavier, lighter-colored adult is the female/mother (seen in the first and last clips), and the smaller darker adult is the male/father (seen grooming the pups), FYI. 🙂

  42. It’s Ricki Ticki Tavi!

    Tck Tck Tck Tck!…..

    OK, please tell me I’m not the only one that remembers that story.

    [I remember reading the story AND seeing the cartoon special. – Ed.]

  43. Correction, upon checking my beloved childhood book: Rikki Tikki Tavi.

    Isn’t it amazing how many “children’s” stories now seem so horrifying? And yet, I read this one as a young child and emerged (relatively) unscathed. Although I do have an incredible fear of snakes, even now.

  44. Deeeeeeeeeeeeena says:

    They are the Mongol Hoards! Everyone! Watch out!

  45. @Lisa: I remember watching the cartoon! “If you move, I sssssssssstrike!

    And could I get some of that polygoose juice, please?

  46. Martha in Washington says:

    Did I see a little ear nommage at around 38 secs?

    And I vote for mongaggle.

  47. The best bit is 0:32, when the babeh goes tumbling down the hill.

    (Polygoose! Wahahaha!)

  48. There are three moongooses who steal food from the feral cats I feed every night! The are shameless!

  49. ‘Mongoslings’ has a lovely cadence to it.

  50. I recently went to Helsinki zoo and fell in love with the dwarf mongooses there. They only had one baby at the time, but the adults were just as cute! They’re so tiiiny!

  51. Great shots, a pleasure to watch, xxx

  52. “The Bronx Zoo recently welcomed a trio of baby mongooseses”

    Silly man, those aren’t mongooses, they’re baby bears!

  53. Precious! 😀

  54. diddleymaz says:

    Kits, people the babys are kits! and all the faff about multiples!! one Mongoose , many Mongoose , its one of THOSE words , typical of Americans to try and make it complicated!!

  55. AuntFluffy says:

    These little ones remind me of ‘Gef’ the talking mongoose. It’s a legend from the Isle of Man. He was considered a poltergeist who said he was born in India and claimed to be a wonder of the world.

  56. Dogwalker04 says:

    I loved Riki Tiki Tavi when I was a kid! Always wanted a mongoose of my own.

  57. Dogwalker04 says:

    Okay – so it should read “Rikki Tikki Tavi” – still one of my very favorite books as a kid.

  58. thicktortiethintabby says:

    Sepia-shaded squeeee!!!

  59. @AuntieMame: I agree. I keep watching that part over and over. =)

  60. Mongoosen! Mongoosen. These are the jokes, people – it really is mongoosen. I prefer mongoslings, but that’s my dissident nature.

  61. oops! missed diddleymaz’s post: yes, the adorable little ones are kits. But the wise elders – also quite adorable – are mongoosen. (Right?)

  62. OMG — wormy!!!! I love it when one of the mongoslings (yes, brill!) leecks its leetle foot. SQUEEEE!!!!!

  63. Oh.. that’s so cute…) As many times I see it as many times I say it…

  64. In reply to Beth above who posted the many plurals to mongoose… my favorite is moongus! that just makes me laugh! “Wow, look at the cute little moongus! There’s Riki and Tiki and Tavi!”

  65. Awwhh sooo adorable ❤ I wish they were available as pets. I second the opinion, they should be named Riki Tiki and Tavi. I used to loooove that story.

  66. Check the ear-nomming action at 0:35!


  68. Moops!

  69. I have to agree with the Rikki Tikki Tavi naming. Either that or they can divide up “Tikki tikki tembo-no sa rembo-chari bari ruchi-pip peri pembo.” I used to torture my babysitters by making them read that.

    BTW, does anybody else sense a helicopter mom in the making?

  70. Wow… the baby mongeese are sooooooooooooooooooo(x1000) cute!

  71. mandoopandoo says:

    lol the first part of the video is like “Are you threatening me?!”