Honey badgers are found in Africa and South Africa. They are also known by the name “Ratels”. Honey badgers, who look more like weasels than actual badgers, are going extinct.
These small sized omnivores are highly dangerous as they directly attack and peel the skin off the body. They can bring down much larger animals by ripping off the prey’s testicles before attacking the rest of the body.
Their lifespan roughly ranges between 24-26 years and they are among intelligent species of animals who know a little bit about how to use tools. Interestingly, they are skilled in digging holes and they use that as a defense mechanism during an attack.
Usually they are solitary in nature and keep away from public eye, they only come out when mating and thereafter go to their burrows. The little cubs stay with their mother till they are grown.
Due to their strength and persistence they are difficult to deter. The Guinness Book of World Records titles them as the “World’s Most Fearless Creature”. They pick a fight with any animal regardless of their size, be it lion or hyena. Sometimes they attack humans as well if they sense a threat.
The animals are usually diurnal in winter and sleep on any animal’s bed, be it of a fox or a mongoose. Their skin is hard and it is difficult to hunt them down with any usual tool. Humans use guns and aim directly at their skull and blow it open.
The honey badger’s body is furry but its teeth are its biggest strength, so strong that they can even break a tortoise’s shell. These relentless little creatures are widely known for their ability to confront grown lions, wild buffalo, stinging bees, scorpions and snakes.