The Unique Creature: Honey Badger



















Certainly, you have a general idea of how a honey badger looks like, especially if you watch the National Geographic channel. The fascinating movies from different parts of the word capture this strange animal in different environments giving you a better picture of the real nature of this animal. Honey badgers are usually found in sub-Saharan Africa therefore you are less likely to see them if you do not come from these parts of the world. However, sometimes videos show unique characteristics of this animal which may not be observed by anybody who visits the zoo. Additionally, those who shoot these videos use advanced technology to capture the behavior of the animals in their natural setting without distracting them.


Honey badger is quite a unique animal that practically consumes any small creature that moves whether birds, lizards or rodents. This animals got their name because they often attack the beehives to take honey and eventually destroy the hive completely. Bees are sometimes forced to move from one hive to another because of endless attacks by the honey Badger. The badgers usually attack at night since they are nocturnal while bees are rarely active at night thus usually caught quite unprepared. Although bees sense vibrations and anticipate attack, they do not fight back since they do not see well and may not get out of the hive due to the cold weather.


Honey is a great source of nutrients to the honey badgers due to its energy helpful for night foraging. These animals therefore could do anything to get to the hive irrespective of the hindrances strategically placed by the bee farmers or the natural features of indigenous tree within which the bees live. Badgers have developed unique characteristics that allow them to plunder and break into the hive without much hassle.


Honey badgers featured at have a very thick coat made of deep and tough skin and a layer of fur making it hard for the bees to sting the animal during attacks. Nevertheless, the coat does not completely prevent them from bee stings particularly in the tender spots like the tongue, the nose and such other parts. If the bees continuously attack these soft spots, the badger may quit the hunt for some time before it starts all over again.


The most amazing adaptation of honey badgers is the ability to withstand the poison even when bitten by the venomous snakes like cobra. The animal seems dead for some time before it wakes up as if nothing had happened!