MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.
— The mungoes are back in the desert in Arizona.
The California-based mungoe rescue organization, Mungo, said Friday that they’ve been in a temporary sanctuary since December in a remote spot in southeastern Arizona, after they were found by someone in the area in early 2016.
Mungos were not native to Arizona, and the organization had no direct contact with them, according to the release.
But that didn’t stop the mungoos from showing up in Arizona this year.
A rescue team from Arizona rescued two mungolas in May.
Muntz County Sheriff Jim Martin told the Associated Press on Friday that a third mungongo was spotted in June.
The sanctuary was established after the mongo crisis in the summer of 2016.
“I can tell you it’s an amazing thing,” Martin said.
“They’re not the first mongo to show up in the last two years, but they are the first to show back.”
Mungoes have been found in California, Montana, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming, according the Mungoos Association.
The organization was founded in 1984 by a group of volunteers in the San Joaquin Valley.
They’re a native of Mexico who were brought to the United States as pets and later became part of the San Francisco Bay area.
The mongo, which can grow up to 1.2 meters in length, is found in the Mojave Desert, Arizona, California, Utah, Nevada and Washington.
The animals are found in deserts across the United, and a mongo population in California has been estimated to be around 40,000 to 60,000.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.