The time has come!
Far and wide, baby mongooses are tottering out of their termite mounds to view the world for the very first time.
Of course, it can be a shock.
At this tender age (2.5 weeks), the pups haven't yet learnt the meaning of alarm calls.
|Goshawk? What's a goshawk??|
So they can't be left on their own.
When the group heads off on their daily hunting trip, one family member has to stay behind to babysit.
A hungry and tedious job.
But then everyone loves a pup.
The two little guys featured here are the newest members of Bugbears: Urchin and Squirt (named after marine invertebrates).
They're only two inches (5cm) long, excluding tail.
At almost three weeks old, they're just discovering the delights of solid food (if you consider beetle larva delightful), but won't be up to travelling with the group for another week or so.
Plenty of time to snooze.
And discover the world.