Reward offered to find two missing mongooses, remains tested in NZ declared cat

Tonga’s Department of Quarantine has offered a TP$100 reward to anyone who can help find the two mongooses still missing in Tonga.

Following leads from the public the department collected furs and remains of what they believed were of a dead animal in Kolofoʻou early this month.

The remains were sent to New Zealand for scientific examination and to confirm whether or not  they belonged to the mongooses.

But these have since been officially declared as cat remains, Quarantine Department spokesperson Graham Malaʻefoʻou said.

Six mongooses made their way into the kingdom through a container of paints that was shipped from Fiji.

Three of the mammals were found dead and the other three escaped when the container was opened on June 8.

One of the escapees was eventually cornered and recaptured while the other two still missing.

“Anyone who can find the mongooses “dead or alive” will get the $100″, Malaʻefoʻou said.



Mongooses are not native to Tonga. The mammals were first introduced into the kingdom’s neighbouring country Fiji in 1883 to control rats in sugar cane fields.

According to the National Geographic website mongooses are primarily found in Africa.

Ranging in size from the 7-inch-long (18-centimeter-long) dwarf mongoose to the 2-foot-long (60-centimeter-long) Egyptian mongoose; these sleek mammals have long bodies with short legs and tapered snouts.

They normally have brown or gray grizzled fur, and a number of species sport striped coats or ringed tails.

Sometimes when a business is growing, it needs a little help.

Right now Kaniva News provides a free, politically independent, bilingual news service for readers around the world that is absolutely unique. We are the largest New Zealand-based Tongan news service, and our stories reach Tongans  wherever they are round the world. But as we grow, there are increased demands on Kaniva News for translation into Tongan on our social media accounts and for the costs associated with expansion. We believe it is important for Tongans to have their own voice and for Tongans to preserve their language, customs and heritage. That is something to which we are strongly committed. That’s why we are asking you to consider sponsoring our work and helping to preserve a uniquely Tongan point of view for our readers and listeners.


Latest news

Related news