Honey Badger…

 – – Although only the size of a medium dog and weighing in at about thirty pounds, it’s hard to find a more vicious and tenacious predator than the African Honey Badger (Mellivora capensis), also known as the Ratel.  A relative of the Wolverine, the Honey Badger has been listed in the Guiness Book of World Records as “The World’s Most Fearless Creature.”  

The Ratel’s well-deserved fearsome reputation has been earned based on the fact that it has no known natural predators, and has been known to attack jackals, wildebeest, wild boars, buffalo, humans, monitor lizards, and even lions and cheetahs!  Armed with razor-sharp teeth and inch-and-a-half long claws, the Honey Badger routinely eats poisonous snakes, spiders, and scorpions.  The Ratel also loves honey, from which he gets his name, acquiring such by boldly invading a beehive and using his quarter-inch thick skin to absorb the hundreds of stings he’s likely to receive in the effort. 

Not registering fear, pain, or any emotion other than anger, the Honey Badger has become a popular internet meme, and may be seen in commercials opening pistachios by flailing them with a cobra…


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2 Comments on “Honey Badger…”

  1. carycomic Says:

    Actually, I think the snake was meant to be a green mamba. And, I thnk the bird of prey next to them was a pale chanting goshawk. Both of the latter species native to Africa, as well. By the way; did I neglect to mention that a giant ratel is one of Bernard Heuvelmanns’ suspects as to the true identity of the so-called “Nandi bear?”


    • vulpesffb Says:

      I’ve never seen a giant ratel,
      I hope I never see one.
      But I can tell you anyhow,
      I’d rather see than be one! — anonymous


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