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Squiggle the Baby Mongoose is Taking Over the House and Cuddling with Cats

Squiggle the Baby Mongoose is Taking Over the House and Cuddling with Cats

There’s never an ‘ordinary’ day in the life of raising a baby mongoose. Just ask Karen Paolillo, Founder of the Turgwe Hippo Trust. Since Karen began hand rearing an orphaned Slender mongoose named Squiggle at her home in Zimbabwe, there have been waves of laughter and joy. We first brought you news of this mongoose in April, and this little one has been very busy since then.

Squiggle is quite fond of Socks the cat and they often fall asleep together.

Squiggle’s behavior often resembles that of companion animals. She’ll carry toys in her mouth like a dog. She’ll try to suckle a soft blanket like a kitten. And, in fact, she often curls up next to Karen’s cat for naps.  But there’s also the wild side to Squiggle, one that Karen hopes will continue to surface as Squiggle matures, and the other day it took the form of Squiggle launching herself against a glass door in mock ‘attacks’ on a large baboon sitting on the other side. Take a look at the video below to see some of Squiggle’s latest antics, including not just her game with the baboon, but also a comical attack on a dusting tool and a proud victory as she successfully hunts a beetle on the ground.

As you can see, Karen’s backyard is a rather popular spot for wildlife such as the baboons who are being fed here.

“Normally baboons and mongoose coexist,” Karen explains. “With us having a troup of 45 here I do have to watch her when she goes outside as she is fearless but so far there have been no problems at all between her and the baboons or monkey.  I think when she’s in the house she just likes to show the baboons who’s boss.”

This is Karen's backyard!

To see more of the happenings with Squiggle and all the animals at the Turgwe Hippo Trust follow them on Facebook or visit their website.

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7:41PM PDT on Jun 19, 2014

Too Cute :)

9:11PM PDT on Aug 13, 2013

Wonderful Video!!!

I just finished commenting on another article /video from Karen's world and she in doing some wonderful things for these animals.
That is one unique lifestyle. Beautiful.
Squiggle is too cute for words..

She is absolutely an Angel. TY Karen...

3:38PM PDT on Jul 21, 2013

she's fearless

3:51AM PDT on Jul 21, 2013

thanks for sharing :)

12:57PM PDT on Jul 4, 2013

What an adorable story! thanks for sharing. :)

8:17AM PDT on Jul 4, 2013

Grazie per l'articolo.

11:55AM PDT on Jul 1, 2013

Extremely facinating and very sweet. What a wonderful & a natural world this Karen lives in.

9:59AM PDT on Jul 1, 2013

Lovely, thanks

1:27AM PDT on Jul 1, 2013

Thanks for the article.

1:06AM PDT on Jun 30, 2013

Thanks for sharing!

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