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Stick figure by Ion Moe
 
Suka, a male tiger cub, samples some of the local cuisine at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park last month

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For this edition of #MongooseMonday, we’d like to introduce you to our trio of dwarf mongoose pups. Fun fact: Eastern yellow-billed hornbills work with dwarf mongooses to gather food in the wild. The mongooses wait for the hornbills to arrive before setting out; if the hornbills arrive before the mongooses are up and about, the birds call down the mongooses’ burrow. Why? The hornbills benefit by eating all the insects stirred up by the foraging mongooses, and the mongooses gain extra eyes and ears to look out for danger. (photos from top to bottom: Ion Moe, Deric Wagner, Mike Wilson, Debbie Beals)