Ten honey badger facts
The Honey badger is known as one of the most ferocious animals not only in Africa, but in the world. There is no doubt that this is a very interesting animal, and so we decided to share ten facts which show how unique they are.


Here are our ten honey badger facts.

  • Honey badgers are known as incredibly brave and fearless animals. They are in fact considered by many as the most fearless animal on the planet. It is not uncommon to see these animals running directly at a lion or even a leopard when under attack.
  • The Honey badger is in fact so tough that an armoured troop carrier in the South African Army is named after it.
  • Honey badgers have powerful jaws and teeth so sharp that they can easily break through tough objects, even a thick tortoise shell.
  • They are able to twist and turn away from an attacker that tries to grab hold of them, as their skin is loose. This enables them to turn around and face their attacker, which for the attacker is a very bad thing!
  • The honey badger has an unusual relationship with a bird called the Honey Guide. This clever bird attracts honey badgers to a hive where they eat the honey leaving the honeycomb for the Honey Guide (the bee stings don’t bother a honey badger).
  • They can smell their prey from inside a burrow. They will start by digging quickly down through the soil and then attack them by surprise.
  • This tenacious little animal has no known natural predators.
  • Honey badgers only stick together when they mate, and they generally roam and search for food on their own. Their young stay with the mother for as long as possible.
  • Although they have no visible ears, they have exceptional hearing.
  • Honey badgers eat a wide variety of foods, with dung beetle larvae being a favourite. Oddly enough venomous snakes such as the Black Mamba are very popular! This mamba is in fact one of the most venomous snakes on earth.
Have you ever had a honey badger encounter?



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