The Banded Mongoose (Mungos mungo) is a mammal found in central and eastern Africa.
Female Banded Mongoose have 2-6 young, called pups.
For the first four weeks, pups stay in their home, which is a den or burrow in the ground or in rock crevices.
A helper or escort looks after the pups. The pups can be from one family or from more than one family. The helper is usually their mother, a female that is not their mother, or a young adolescent male.
The helper guards the pups, while other members of the Banded Mongoose group look for food.
After four weeks, the pups are able to forage for food with the help of one adult.
After 12 weeks, the pups are independent and can look for food by themselves.
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