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Hansa Stuffed Plush Mongoose
Stuffed Mongoose

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Lifelike plush from Hansa designed from portraits of real mongooses.  Hand made in small lots with a luxurious 17 inch tail.

12 Inches Long
Nose to Rump

Made in The Philippines

Hansa Stuffed Plush Mongoose

Mongoose - Any of numerous small carnivores of the civet family found in Africa, Asia, and southern Europe. There are more than 40 species, belonging to about 15 genera. Mongooses are small, short-legged animals with pointed noses, small ears, and long, furry tails. The claws are nonretractile, and in most species there are five toes on each foot. The fur is gray to brown and is commonly grizzled or flecked with lighter gray. Markings, when present, include stripes, dark legs, and pale or ringed tails. The adult size varies considerably and ranges from 7–10 inches, exclusive of the 6–8 inch tail, in the dwarf mongoose to 32–36 inches, exclusive of the 8–12 inch tail, in the small-toothed mongoose, or falanouc.

Mongooses are active, bold predators. They live in burrows and feed on small mammals, birds, reptiles, eggs, and occasionally fruit. Most species are diurnal and land-dwelling. Some mongooses live alone or in pairs, and others, such as the banded and dwarf mongooses, live in large groups. Litters contain two to four young.

A number of mongooses will attack and kill poisonous snakes. They depend on speed and agility, darting at the head of the snake and cracking the skull with a powerful bite. They are not immune to venom, as popularly believed, nor do they seek and eat an herbal remedy if bitten.

One species of mongoose was introduced into Hawaii and the West Indies to control rodents and snakes. The results were disastrous, because the mongooses severely damaged the populations of the native fauna. Because of the potential destructiveness of the animals, importation of mongooses of any species into the United States is strictly regulated.

"mongoose." Encyclopædia Britannica from Encyclopædia Britannica Premium Service.

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