You might look at a honey badger running around rampantly and notice when coupled with its quite adorable appearance it is almost like a young child, a puppy or any kind of innocent energetic creature… That is until you see it willingly fight and eat a cobra.
With their less than threatening appearance it can be quite a shock to discover how ferocious they can be,. They are quite possibly the most intense, fearless and unrelenting of mammals. Constantly on the move and looking for its next meal they are known to frequently hunt animals that you would expect to be too much of a challenge for a honey badger. A shocking example of both their fearlessness and ferocity would be that they are known to claw or bite the testicles off of an ox, wait for them to bleed to death and then feed on the carcass.
Honey badger’s will regularly search for bee nests and when found will break into them to eat the larvae inside, this does not seem worthwhile considering how many times the honey badger will be stung while doing this. They are known to become more immune to the stings than most animals but can still die while doing this. Bee stings are not the only poison honey badgers are exposed to, many of the snakes they love to eat have a venomous bite. Fighting ox’s, cobras and enduring hundreds of bee stings without second thought makes it difficult to imagine a honey badger surviving for very long but some how they do.
From a young age they have very little shelter and have adapted to being so open to attack from predators by becoming so brave and intense. They are constantly on the move in search of their next meal and it’s believed that sometimes they consume up to 40% of their bodyweight during just one meal. They don’t always have to fight to the death to get a meal as they can eat small lizards, some vegetation and insects. Despite this they are never likely to take this into consideration and ignore a dangerous meal in favour of finding a safe one, if they see something they want to eat then they will go for it without hesitation.
Extremely sharp teeth, tough skin and long claws make it a formidable opponent when combined with it’s ferocity but the honey badger has another trick up it’s sleeve. They have black fur with a thick white line running from the top of their head to the end of their tail, much like a skunk. But that isn’t where the similarity ends because they also have a gland that emits a terrible smell that is just as strong as a skunks except it does not linger as much.
If you happen to see a cute little honey badger digging for food it is quite incredible to imagine the life it may have lead up until then, the odds it has overcome when fighting a much larger animal, the amount of times it has survived a snake bite and all of the hard to reach places it has climbed in search of it’s next meal. Honey badgers are amazing animals and not quite what they seem.