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The Honey badgers

(Mellivora capensis) also known as Ratels, are rated as the "most fearless animal in the world" in the Guinness Book of Records.


It is native to Africa, Southwest Asia, and the Indian subcontinent. Despite its name, the honey badger does not closely resemble other badger species; instead, it bears more anatomical similarities to Weasels related to skunks, otters, ferrets, and other badgers.

‎It is among the few animals classed as Least Concern rather than a Threatened species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) owing to its extensive range and general environmental adaptations. They can survive in tropical rain forests, deserts and savannas.

Males may be twice the size of females Honey badgers are well adapted to their digging lifestyle and have a powerful and stocky build, with no external ears, a broad muscular back, bowlegged front legs and formidable fore claws that may reach 40mm for digging and defense.

The honey badger's hair is thick and coarse, mostly black, with a wide gray-white stripe that stretches across its back from the top of the head to the tip of the tail.
The honey badger also has a gland at the base of its tail that stores a stinky liquid just as powerful as that of its look-alike. The smelly stuff is used to mark territory, but if the honey badger is frightened or threatened, it drops a “stink bomb” rather than spraying the odor like its skunk relative does. The honey badger's odor doesn’t last long, like that of a skunk’s, but it still gets its message across: “Leave me alone!”

‎It is an omnivorous species and has few natural predators because of its thick skin and ferocious defensive abilities.

The honey badger's skin is so thick that it can withstand bee stings, porcupine quills, and even dog bites!
Honey badger has incredible thick skin that cannot be pierced with arrows, spears or even machete. Skin is also very loose, which is useful in the case of attack.

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Honey badgers are not only able to accept stings from bees, but can also handle bites from the worlds deadliest snakes, like puff adders, mambas and cobras, which they happily hunt, kill and devour.The honey badger is not necessarily immune to these venoms, but rather the badgers skin is so thick and tough that most bee stingers and snake fangs cannot penetrate it.

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When predator grabs a badger, animal rotates in its skin and turns toward predator's face to fight back (attacking its eyes).

Honey badgers favour bee honey, and will often search for beehives to get it, which earns them their name.
Next to the wolverine, the honey badger has the least specialised diet of the weasel family as they consumes almost anything and every bit of their prey including tortoise shells.

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As nocturnal creatures, honey badgers are extremely secretive and difficult to observe in the wild. They sleep most of the day, curling up into a ball to protect their face and belly.

Honey badgers are known for killing their prey violently. After inflicting an injury, they will then patiently wait for their victim to severely weaken or even bleed out before they begin to eat them. Honey badgers also drink blood as a main source of water.




thank you for all these informations. who would ever tought that this animal is the fearless creature in the world

Hmm. Your love for animals.
#Nature's untamed.


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