The primary characteristic of mongooses that makes them hard to frighten and accounts for their motto "Run and find out," is their curious nature. Similar to most mongooses, Rikki-tikki is inherently curious and courageously explores unknown regions, such as the bungalow and its surrounding property, without batting an eye. After being washed from his burrow and family in a severe flood, Rikki-tikki arrives at a British family's bungalow in Colonial India. Rikki-tikki does not waste time exploring the new home and surrounding region, where he discovers two malevolent cobras terrorizing the garden of the family's bungalow. Despite being a young newcomer, Rikki-tikki is not frightened by his new environment or the massive cobras living in the family's garden. Thanks to Rikki-tikki's insatiable curiosity, he is not afraid when he comes face-to-face with Nag and Nagaina. Kipling reveals Rikki-tikki's inherently courageous nature by writing, "...it is impossible for a mongoose to stay frightened for any length of time" (2). Rikki-tikki eventually kills both Nag and Nagaina and restores peace to the British family's bungalow.