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Kelsey Clark

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Kelsey has many fond memories of family camping trips across South Africa when she was growing up and for her, this sparked a growing love for the wilderness and opportunities to seek new adventures. Although she studied BComm Financial Management and spent five ...

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on A Dwarf Mongoose’s Perspective

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Nice job, Kelsey. You have a gifted pen.

Thank you very much Dave!

The interplay of hornbill and mongoose can be fascinating. Best video is a mongoose playing dead in front of a yellow hornbill. Mongoose gets up, flops down ‘dead,’ gets up, flops down . . . Hilarious!

That is a great sighting! So interesting to watch them interacting 🙂

A really interesting and enlightening blog Kelsey. I’ve often wondered how we are perceived by animals and how they perceive their environment. I have never heard of the Critical Flicker Fusion Frequency and found your explanation fascinating. I wonder if meerkats perceive their environment in a similar way to the dwarf mongoose as their behavioural characteristics are similar to that of the mongoose. I never knew of the symbiotic relationship between the hornbills and the dwarf mongoose.

Hi Jennifer, I’m glad to hear you found the blog so interesting and learnt something new. Yes the meerkats would have a very similar perception to the mongoose based on their similar small size and fast metabolisms as well as their similar behaviours 🙂

Thank you for your perspective on this amazing little mammal and how it functions in the animal hierarchy. I remember when I saw my first dwarf mongoose, it staying still long enough to capture a photo, and was amazed at their stealthiness and speed. Your findings lead me to understand their position and interaction with allies in order to survive. I see similarities between them and the hares as far as speed , burrows, and cleverness. Great images.

Thanks Denise, I’m glad you have a better understanding of their behaviour and interactions now and there certainly are some similarities with the hares!

Kelsey, Thanks for a super informative post! We love those little guys! We can’t help but laugh at the timing of your post – we just watched the movie “Honey I Shrunk The Kids” with our grandkids last night!

What a great movie! 🙂 Very good timing and I am happy to hear how fond you are of the dwarf mongoose’s!

Good story and lots of information on the dwarf mongoose. Very clever of the hornbill to wake the mongoose up so that they can go forage. Then the hornbill will also be able to forage. They are so cute and very quick when running across a road.

Thank you Valmai, it really is an amazing mutually beneficial relationship between the hornbills and dwarf mongooses.

This is fascinating! I have thought about this before but did not know of that study: how is time perceived differently by different beings…and even individuals? Also, the hornbills awakening the mongooses (mongeese?) to get going on breakfast is adorable. Thanks for making my day more interesting and better; it is so important in these times to slow down, notice the “small” things and our fellow creatures, and have a think and a smile:-)

I’m glad you enjoyed the blog Linda. The dwarf mongoose are always a good reminder to take a moment to slow down and enjoy the little things! And to answer your question – even though it is very tempting to call them mongeese, it is simply mongooses or collectively known as a business or pack of mongoose:)

Thank you for the clarification! Mongooses, it is!

It is interesting how there exists this cooperation with the hornbills, like so many animals have cooperations with other species. Cute photos of these cute little animals.

Thank you Christa. I agree, the many mutualistic relationships are always fascinating to learn more about.

What a fun story about the dwarf mongooses’ thanks for sharing Kelsey.

Always a pleasure William:)

Such fascinating little creatures! I hadn’t heard of their symbiotic relationship with horn bills. Their perception of time is also intriguing. I wonder if it also doesn’t have to do with their size in general. To me, giraffes always look to be walking in slow motion. I assumed that was just my perception from being so much smaller and not necessarily due to the frequency of my brain. Perhaps it is one in the same? I imagine a dwarf mongoose watching an elephant amble by would be like seeing one of our downtown skyscrapers walking around among us – yikes!

They really are fascinating! The perception of time is influenced by size and metabolism, so the smaller in size and faster metabolism, essentially the slower time goes by and vice versa and so it is also part of the reason that humans seem to view giraffes to be moving in slow motion!

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