|“||Coach the mongooses on their bites.||”|
In the Real World
Mongooses are small animals with long bodies and faces. They tails are long and tapering, and their ears are short and round. Their pupils are ovular, and their eyes range in color, including amber, red, golden, and brown. Banded mongooses are sturdy mongooses with grayish brown fur.
In The Lion Guard
The mongooses in the show look to be banded mongooses. They have brown fur with 3-6 dark stripes on their back, dark paws, and a dark tail tip. Their noses are red, and their eyes are brown. They have long, slender bodies, and the fur on their head always sticks up slightly and points back. Unlike real mongooses, the tails of mongooses in the show taper at the anterior end rather than the posterior end. Other mongooses which appear in the series are marsh mongooses and Javan mongooses.
In the Real World
Banded mongooses live in groups consisting of an average 20 individuals of both sexes. Most of their diet consists of small animals such as beetles, lizards, and birds. Though they forage in groups, they do not feed cooperatively, and each group members finds their own meal. Occasionally, they will fight over food, but usually the first mongoose to find food earns it for themself. At night, mongooses sleep in dens, which usually are in the form of termitaria, and change every few days. These dens are usually located in open thicket and have many entrances to compensate for the large number of group members.
In The Lion Guard
It is noted that one of the king's duties is to coach the mongooses on their bites. There is also an expression, "Fate is a fickle mongoose," which has been used by an inhabitant of the Pride Lands.
A mongoose waits in line at Hakuna Matata Falls to receive advice from Bunga the Wise. He gossips about Bunga with several other Pride Landers. Timon, Pumbaa, and Bunga begin to sing Bunga the Wise, and at one point in the song, the trio crowds around the mongoose and Bunga pulls his face into a smile. He soon joins in the singing of the song. Once Timon calls things back to order, the mongoose is first in line to see Bunga. He gives Timon a bug, which Timon appreciates, but before the mongoose can go see Bunga, the rest of the Lion Guard step in, wanting to talk to Bunga. The mongoose retreats back to the line.
Later, the same mongoose is among those singing Make Way for Bunga the Wise as Bunga leads them through the Pride Lands. When Kion stops them and declares that Bunga's bad advice is causing difficulties, the mongoose protests, declaring that Rafiki said that Bunga was smart. Suddenly, a dam holding Lake Kaziwa back breaks apart, causing the waters to flood over the Pride Lands. The mongoose flees, and once the flood calms, he is seen perched peacefully on a rock.
In the song Jackal Style, a moogoose faces off with Dogo over a kiwano melon. Reirei approaches and pulls her son's face into a smile, causing the mongoose to smile back. Reirei then slyly slips the fruit over to her son, who rushes off with it, causing the mongoose to frown. A mongoose, presumably the same one that Reirei tricks, is among those surrounding the jackals at the end of the song. At least one mongoose is present at the Kupatana Celebration. When Reirei's pack attacks, they listen alertly as Simba gives the Pride Landers instructions. They are among those who surround the jackal pups who have been thrown into a pile by the Lion Guard.
A young mongoose named Shauku and his friends accidentally trick everyone into thinking that there has been a real hyena attack whilst pretending to be members of the Lion Guard. The Guard arrives and reveals that there actually are hyenas loose in the Pride Landers, and warn Shauku and the others against playing their game. Shauku is excited when Mtoto presents the idea that the real Lion Guard play their game with them, but Kion declines.
Later, Shauku and his friends are playing their game when they are attacked by Janja, Cheezi, and Chungu. With the help of his friend Kwato, Shauku escapes, as do all of his friends spare Mtoto. Together, the remaining four go warn Beshte, who saves Mtoto. Kion gives Mtoto a muddy Mark of the Guard, and Shauku jumps up and down eagerly, asking to be next.
Muhimu keeps on calling Bunga a moongoose.
While mourning for his lost "kids", Pumbaa remarks that fate is a fickle mongoose.
A mongoose is spending time in The Flood Plains, drifting on his back and spraying water, when Makuu's float takes over. He flees, terrified, and informs Fuli of what happened. She assures him that the Lion Guard will take care of it.
Shauku is playing with his friends [[Young Rhino] ]and Mtoto until a lot of birds are flying above them. Later the kids can't wait to see the Royal Mud Print Ceremony for Hadithi and they wanna sit up front but the spot is for birds only. Mtoto suggets that they'll sit somewhere else.
When Bunga meets Dhahabu she calls him a little moongoose. Beshte tries to tell her that Bunga is a Honey Badger but Bunga says that she can call him a moongoose if she wants to.
Some mongooses tell Bunga to stop eating their snails.
Notable Mongooses in The Lion Guard
- The mongoose family is known as Herpestidae. Meerkats are also a member of this family.
- Mongooses have a reputation for fighting and killing venomous snakes, particularly cobras. They have a resistance to snake venom, although they are not completely immune to it, contrary to popular belief.