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Mongoose spa

Duration: 01:50

Warthog's are common sights around the Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda, and they are not to be messed with. Their tusks are formibable pieces of hardware, used to fend off attacks by predators such as lions, as well as to fight with each other. They should not be underestimated and when an adult male warthog deliberately walks up to the banded brothers mob, they stand their ground. A mongoose could be seriously hurt with one swipe of the warthog's tusks, and even a simple injury could spell the end of any mongoose. But as it turns out these mongooses run a cleaning racket for the warthogs of the Mweya peninsula. By allowing the mongoose to climb all over its body, the warthog has all its ticks removed and the mongoose gets a protein-rich meal. This is a unique symbiotic relationship between two mammal species, and one which benefits both parties. The banded brothers make quick work of their cleaning duties and the warthog goes on its way.

Available since: Mon 15 Feb 2010


Camera Operator
Ralph Bower
Camera Operator
Mark MacEwen
Camera Operator
John Waters
Camera Operator
Luke Barnett
Camera Assistant
Helen Johnson
Dr Michael Cant
Dexter Fletcher
Production Manager
Janelle Backes
Production Manager
Anna McGill
Colin Jackson
Executive Producer
Wendy Darke
Assistant Producer
Louise Emerson
Will Slater

This clip is from

Banded Brothers Episode 1

1/4 A family of banded mongooses needs new recruits to be born regularly to defend territory.

First broadcast: 21 Feb 2010

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