Meet the honey badger, named “world’s most fearless animal” by the Guinness Book of World Records. Its ferocious reputation stems from the fact that the honey badger doesn’t hesitate to attack animals larger than itself. Scorpions, porcupines, snakes, young gazelles, lions and even small crocodiles – everything’s fair game. No surprise then that it is rarely preyed upon. See for yourself how a honey badger’s day goes by…
Here, two honey badgers share a meal with four porcupines in what seems like perfect harmony but don’t be fooled – if hunting for food, honey badgers are known to attack the much larger porcupines.
After this peaceful night, the next day seems more like an eventful wrestling match…
Round 1: The Honey Badger Gathering Snacks
A honey badger having caught another mammal…
The honey badger or ratel (Mellivora capensis) thrives in arid grasslands and savannahs and can be found throughout Africa and some parts of Asia like eastern Iran, southern Iraq, Pakistan and western India.
The honey badger devouring a dik-dik, a small antelope…
Wherever it lives, the honey badger finds ample mammals and other animals for its rather varied diet.
Honey badger chewing on a scorpion
Honey badgers are small animals, similar in size and build to the European badgers, measuring between 60 and 100 cm (23 and 39 in) from head to body and weighing between 5 and 15 kg (11 to 33 lb).
Honey badger devouring what looks like a snake.
Honey badgers possess a keen sense of smell and are fierce carnivores that seem perpetually hungry. Known for their snake-killing abilities, scientists are still baffled as to how an animal weighing so little can survive snake bites that would kill a 90 kg (200 lb) human if left untreated.
Honey badger emerging from a termite mound.
In case you were wondering – the honey badger did not get its name because it is such a sweet animal but for having a sweet tooth.
Anything goes as food – even garbage.
This little critter just loves honey and will go to any length for this treat, breaking into bees’ nests without fear of getting stung. Speaking of nests, ants and termite can also be dealt with.
Round 2a: Honey Badger versus Leopard
Round 2b: Honey Badger versus Bees
In this video, a honey badger first successfully snatches some food from a leopard’s hiding place in a tree and manages to escape. The advantages of the honey badger’s peculiar colouration become apparent here: The white half merges with the trees at night and the dark half blends with the shadows. Then, for dessert, he raids a beehive.
The clever mammal even uses the help of an equally honey-crazy bird, the aptly named honeyguide. This bird leads honey badgers and other mammals to bees’ nests, lets them do the dirty work of fighting with the bees and getting the honey out and then takes its own share. Talk about a perfect symbiosis!
Round 3: Honey Badger versus Snake
The honey badger devours the cobra’s head first to deal with the deadly fangs and the venom. All in all, one little snake doesn’t take a badger more than 15 minutes to eat…
Here’s a video showing how the honey badger, after attacking the snake of its choice, grabs it behind the neck and kills it.