The Honey Badger: Some Lesser-Known Facts

The honey badger is one of the most highly-praised animals in the wild, mainly due to the fact that despite their size, they are just some of the fiercest, strongest, and wisest animals out there, with their predators who are up to 10 times larger than them not discouraging them from fighting back with their robust bodies and smart defense mechanisms. While we all know them for this particular reason, the following are some facts which they aren’t really known for, but are important if you would really want to learn more about these honey badgers.

They Don’t Have Birds as Partners

One of the most commonly-held beliefs regarding the behavior of these animals, but are actually far from being true is that they make use of honeyguide birds in order for them to be led to a beehive which they love to destroy and eat from, hence the name. After 2 centuries of studies, however, no evidence proves that this is so. Having said that, it’s rather safe to say that these animals don’t really care much about these birds, nor do they rely on them to find a the beehive. Given that they’re omnivores, they eat both the honey and the bees.

Honey Badgers Can Invade and Take Over Homes

Surprisingly, despite the fact that they are smart and can fend for themselves, these honey badgers actually have the tendency to take over homes of other animals like springhares, foxes, or even mongooses. It does not really care on whether or not these homes have been occupied by animals bigger than them. They just mark their territory with their foul-smelling farts and voila, they have a new home already! Basically, if they fit in it, whatever crevice or whole would pretty much do for them.