See This Honey Badger Show It's More Than a Match for 3 Leopards
We know honey badgers have got a reputation for being super tough but the guy in this clip is taking it to a whole new level. He’s taking on not one but three leopards and emerges victorious. At no point in this confrontation does the honey badger try to get away! He’s perfectly happy to stand his ground and take on all three of the big cats. After a prolonged tussle, he scares the three felines away and strolls casually down the river bank.
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Where Do Honey Badgers Normally Live?
The scientific name for the honey badger is Mellivora capensis and they have been described as the most fearless animal on earth. They are literally not scared of anything!
These are medium-sized mammal with large, sharp claws that live in Africa, Asia, and the Indian subcontinent. Their geographic range spans most of sub-Saharan Africa as well as the Arabian Peninsula, the Indian Peninsula, and parts of western Asia. Honey badgers can weigh anything between 11 and 35 pounds and can reach 30 inches in length.
In terms of habitat, they enjoy tropical and subtropical green forests as well as thorn forests and open woodlands. However, they are also found in grasslands, rocky hills, and deserts. Within their habitat, they need to find burrows or rock crevices where they can shelter.
Which Animals Prey on Honey Badgers?
Believe it or not, leopards are one of the few animals that prey on honey badgers although these particular leopards are not doing a very good job of it! This is probably because they are young. Also, leopards would usually target older and weaker honey badgers and the individual in the above clip is clearly not one of those! Lions will also hunt weaker honey badgers as will packs of hyenas. Their coloring makes them look a little like baby cheetahs and this puts many predators off.
How Can a Honey Badger Beat a Leopard?
A lot of this is down to attitude. Honey badgers are known to be bold and aggressive animals who simply do not put up with the approaches of larger animals. Also, they have very thick and loose skin which makes it very difficult for a predator to grab hold of them and stops them from being hurt if they are bitten.
Finally, they have enlarged anal glands that can produce a foul-smelling liquid when they are feeling threatened. That would be enough to put off a leopard!
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