Here in South Africa, we often get visits from our resident Banded Mongooses. This morning, I saw one on my birdbath. Just as I got my camera, he sensed my presence and decided to turn tail.
He soon returned with his mate. Ah that’s better, safety in numbers. They’re very timid creatures, and didn’t stay any longer than it took to have a few sips.
I opened the sliding door, and stood waiting to see if they would return, and after a few seconds, spotted a sweet little face peeking through the fence.
He looked longingly up at the birdbath, trying to pluck up courage.
Then he got really brave, and hopped up.
Suddenly realising he was was being watched, he turned and gave me the look. “What do you think you’re staring at?”
I decided to leave him in peace to quench his thirst, and went back to doing my housework, asking myself, “What is the plural of mongoose? Is it mongooses, mongeese, mongi, mongoosies, or simply mongoose?” What do you think?