That left Sally and the four baby chicks. We have been extra careful when letting them out of the coop to make sure no mongoose could get close to them. Today, when it was time for them to go to sleep we locked them into the coop and were enjoying a glass of wine on the deck. We heard the baby chicks chirping really loud because Sally went up to the nesting boxes and they couldn't figure out how to get up there. Because the coop is surrounded in chicken wire, we were convinced that they were fine. But then we heard a lot of noise and knew a mongoose was near the cage. We rushed down, but it was too late. Somehow the mongoose attacked one of the baby chicks through the chicken wire without even bending or breaking the wire. How is this possible? The little chick didn't make it :( How can this happen twice in one week!? We immediately got some plywood and placed it on the outside of the coop to help protect them. Tomorrow we will be placing another layer of chicken wire on the outside of the coop for reinforcement. I don't think I can handle another death in this little family. Poor Sally must be so upset. I had no idea that a mongoose could bite a chick through the wire. Now we have to keep the remaining three chicks and Sally safe.