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Bob the mongoose

Bob I figured anyone who has been reading my two newspaper columns about the fascinating adventures of Staff Sergeant Greg Mellema and Bob the mongoose at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan would get a kick out of seeing what they look like. Click on this photo and you will see a larger version.

If you haven’t read those columns, you can also click on the following and do so. Please read them in order:

Wednesday, Dec. 7 column.

Thursday, Dec. 8 column.

Posted by on December 7, 2005.

Categories: Animals, Mongoose, wild predators, Wildlife

3 Responses

  1. What a lucky mongoose Bob is to have so many “dads” looking out for him & teaching him how to survive……I bet he will! (and I bet someday he’ll be telling HIS grandkids about all the 2 legged critters he spent time with in Kandahar!!) Stay safe Greg & know that your efforts on all fronts are very much appreciated; and to both you & Gary, Thanks for sharing!!

    Pat in Antioch

    by Pat in Antioch on Dec 8, 2005 at 8:34 am

  2. What a lucky mongoose Bob is. I wanted to see his picture but I couldn’t bring it up on my Web.He certainly has the best of people looking out for him so I hope he returns shortly.I will be away from home for 10 days on a cruise so I won’t be getting the newspaper t find out

    by Judy Earl on Dec 9, 2005 at 7:19 am

  3. I was deployed to Bosnia in 1999 with the U.S. Army’s 1st Cavalry Division, and I recall having at least two unofficial animal mascots while I was there. One of them was a friendly tabby cat who responded to our calls by running over and sitting in our laps, and the other was a dog who lived in a field that was near an area where my unit had set up a mobile checkpoint.

    We never named the cat, but we named the dog Jesse. Jesse would return to the checkpoint every time she heard our Humvees roll up, and then one day, she stopped coming. Jesse was an older dog, and we figured she had succumbed to her old age. However, in the many hours we’d spent with Jesse, I am sure she’s felt the greatest comfort she’d felt in many years, since we never hesitated to feed or water her, nor did we hesitate to let her sit inside the Humvees for warmth during those cold, winter nights.

    I know that Bob and Jesse aren’t the first (nor the last) mascots taken on by units in combat zones, and I’m not entirely sure why it is that we military types feel the need to adopt mascots from the local fauna, but it is certainly one of those unofficial military traditions.

    Thanks for sharing this story, Gary. I am looking forward to hearing about Bob, should he ever turn up again.

    by Paul Talosig on Dec 9, 2005 at 10:37 pm

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My name’s Gary Bogue. Animals have always been a big part of my life. From the spiders I collected as a preschooler, to the boa constrictor my parents gave me one Christmas when I was in high school, to the orphaned mountain lions, eagles, otters, hummingbirds, bears, and other wild creatures I helped raise and [...]more →