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The World's Most Fearless Creature is the 'Honey Badger'

The Honey Badger known as the rattle is a mammal native to areas of Africa and Asia from Southern Morocco to Africa’s Southern tip and Western Asia is the Caspian Sea Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Nepal, and Western India. They live mainly in dry areas but are also found in Forests and Grasslands.

Honey Badger, also known as ratels, are related to skunks, otters, ferrets, and other badgers. These voracious omnivores get their name from their fondness for feeding on honey and honeybee larvae.

If you were asked to name a fearless animal you would probably say Lion, Tiger, Wolf, Rhino, Bear, or another big and dangerous predator, But According to the Guinness Book of World Records. The world’s Most Fearless Creature is the Honey Badger. Continue to reading, More interesting facts about Fearless Honey Badger.

Honey Badger's Unique Body Shape

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The Honey Badger is a very large representative of the weasel family his body length can reach 105 centimeters a black tail and his weight ranges from 9 to 16 Kilograms. The appearance of the Honey Badger resembles a Badger or Wolverine, he has a similar related Tor and short legs completely out of proportion to the body, his unique abilities made it possible to carry him into a separate subfamily and genius. The courage of this animal is supported by powerful jaws and long claws and extremely hard and thick skin, which is six millimeters on the neck the skin on his body moves freely which allows the animal to easily twist its body to attack the enemy attacking from behind.

Honey Badger is widespread in Africa, where they are also called Bald Badgers this nickname stuck to the animal because of the light and bald-like copper part of the head sides and back, His belly paws and tail are covered with thick black hair. This color allows the Honey Badger to camouflage well.

Protect Itself and Secret attack

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Honey Badger has many reasons to be fearless. They have very thick, rubbery skin, which is so tough that it’s been shown to be nearly impervious to traditionally made arrows and spears. Further, their skin can take a full blow from a sharp machete without necessarily cutting the skin all the way through. More practically, this skin helps protect the Honey Badger from the teeth of predators. Along with being thick and very tough, the Honey Badger’s skin is also fairly loose, which allows it quite a bit of freedom of movement within the skin.

This particularly aids it when it’s being attacked by larger predators and finds itself in the predator’s clutches. It can then squirm about in its skin and get its long claws and mouth with sharp teeth in such a position to harm the predator that is holding it. Along with sharp teeth, Honey Badgers also have incredibly powerful jaws. This is helpful due to the fact that the Honey Badger will eat every part of its prey, including the bones. The jaws are even powerful enough to eat a turtle including the shell, without difficulty. Not only this, but they are naturally not very affected by many types of stings and venom. They can even get bitten by King Cobras and Puff Adders multiple times with little effect, though a strike from something like a Puff Adder that manages to actually penetrate their skin will eventually knock the Honey Badger out for a couple of hours.

Although, it is not known exactly how the honey Badger’s body resists the effects of these types of deadly venom, It is thought that if the snakes could strike them enough, it’s likely the venom would eventually kill the Honey Badger. Along with its innate toughness, the Honey Badger is also incredibly intelligent. It has even been observed using tools to catch prey. They are also smart enough to follow Honeyguide birds to find beehives where they’ll eat the Larvae and honey. Interestingly, the Honey Badger also has a reversible anal pouch which has an incredibly strong, stifling odor. They have been observed to use this stench as an additional form of defense against large predators like lions.

This combination of remarkable innate defensive and offensive capabilities has resulted in the Honey Badger seemingly fearing few things. Their aggressiveness has also resulted in few predators, which normally might try to eat something the Honey Badger’s size, choosing to avoid the animal. Even predators such as Lions, and Leopards tend to give the Honey Badger a large berth, though Honey Badgers have been known to be killed Lions, and Leopards.


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Honey Badger Always Doesn't Care About That

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Honey Badgers truly just don’t care about that. Science does confirm that Honey Badger casually foregoes any concerns of bee stings and Cobra bites all for just a snack. Honey Badgers didn’t gain their reputation just from their impeccable hunting skills or the ability to chew a snake-like afternoon snack, there are many other wild animals with better hunting skills the difference here is their fearlessness and invincibility to their opponent’s attacks.

Honey Badger s incredible immunity to the world’s deadliest bites, has even gotten scientists intrigued to sequence its DNA in the hopes of a stronger more effective anti-venom for humans. Turns out a certain mutation is responsible for Honey Badgers venom resistance this mutation didn’t naturally occur in just Honey Badgers but also in three other animals. These are Mongooses, Hedgehogs, and Pigs before this experience pigs were assumed to survive snake bites because of their thick skin. So, not only a cultural icon but also, a possible savior and a muse to scientists.

Honey Badgers regularly hunt kill and bite animals’ heads off for a lunch and sometimes just for fun sounds like a show-off to me. But they have a very good reason for targeting venomous snakes. A baby Badger has to do for venom. The mama Badger starts regulating cubs exposure usually starting with mild stingers., during the cub’s journey in becoming more tolerant to stingy bites. Scorpions are collateral damage they’re the perfect training wheel because their sting is bad enough to build up a tolerance but, it isn’t a Cobra bite. Snakes make up more than 20 percent of Badger’s diet, but the Honey Badger doesn’t care about that.

Their hobby doesn’t stem from desperation but snakes are considered easy targets for badgers. They’re easier to catch especially when their main defense is rendered useless against Badger’s immunity and thick skin. Honey Badgers are almost bulletproof while the media played a role in exaggerating Badger’s invincibility to the extent of calling them bulletproof there is no smoke without fire is Honey Badgers.

The truth is evolution has blessed Badgers with extremely thick skin it can withstand multiple machetes blows arrows and even spears. Surviving bullets doesn’t seem much of an exaggeration now does it.

Aggressive Moment of Fearless Honey Badger

This video footage shows on Dangerous Honey Badger (Ratel) Attack on 4 humans. Risky Rescue in Girnar Forest Sanctuary- Junagadh India.

A ratel has (locally known as Ghorkhodiyu or grave digger) created a scare on the campus of a temple in Girnar on Monday morning, in a rare attack on humans by the animal. The ratel, also known as Honey Badger, has entered the Vagheshwari temple around 10 am. The animal was unusually ferocious and bit four persons. All of them had to be shifted to the government hospital in Junagadh. Sources said that one boy was grievously injured and was saved in the nick of time by locals and the forest department team.

Vagheshwari temple is located near Gayatri temple on way to Bhavnath in Junagadh. “It was a scary experience for devotees coming to the temple. The ratel suddenly started biting people who started running for cover. The injured persons include the priest of the temple,” said Parbat Maru, range forest officer, Girnar Wildlife Sanctuary, South division. After some time, This Honey Badger got stuck up inside the room on the temple campus and was caged. Veterinary doctors are also monitoring the rate and observing its unusual behavior

“It is difficult to spot ratels even in forest areas. We were surprised that it came close to human locality and attacked people,” said a senior forest official. “We will take a call whether to release it in wild or not after a few days,” said an official.

Finally, Why is the Honey Badger Aggressive and Fearless?

Honey badgers rarely attack unless they are surprised by predators, which typically happens when they are digging because they have weak eyesight and their noses in the ground, making them unaware of their surroundings. Even if caught, a badger's loose skin allows it to spin around and bite its attacker.

Normally solitary creatures, except during mating season, badgers most often will shy away from human contact. But with their flat, stocky bodies and loose skin, which make it difficult for predators to strike a fatal blow, badgers are one of the fiercest creatures on the prairies

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