Zoo's newest arrival, dwarf mongoose Anna, means business

October 18, 2016 - 1:23pm

Don't be fooled by their size: these diminutive African carnivores are kind of a big deal

At the Oregon Zoo — home to large carnivores such as lions, cheetahs and polar bears — an animal about the size of a squirrel is about to get all up in your business.

Anna, a 4-year-old dwarf mongoose from Smithsonian's National Zoo, joined three other mongooses in the Oregon Zoo's Predators of the Serengeti area this month — and don't be fooled by their size: These diminutive carnivores are kind of a big deal.

"They're tough little animals, and they have no fear," said Laura Weiner, the zoo's senior Africa keeper. "In their native range, they'll eat spiders, scorpions and even small snakes. If a larger snake is trying to prey on them, they go all Rikki-Tikki-Tavi on it."