The honey badger (Mellivora capensis), also known as the ratel, is a species of mustelid native to Africa, the Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent. Despite its name, the honey badger does not closely resemble other badger species, instead bearing more anatomical similarities to weasels. It is classed as Least Concern by the IUCN due to its extensive range and general environmental adaptations. It is a primarily carnivorous species, and has few natural predators due to its thick skin and ferocious defensive abilities.
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The honey badger is the only member of the genus Mellivora. Although it was initially assigned to the badger group in the 1860s, it is now generally accepted that they bear very few similarities to the subfamily Melinae, instead being much closer to the marten family. Differences between Mellivora and Melinae include a differentwolverine, which is a large-sized deviant of the marten family, the honey badger can be considered an analogous form of weasel (polecat). The species first appeared during the middle Pliocene in Asia. Its closest relation was the extinct genus Eomellivora, which is known from the upper Miocene, and evolved into several different species throughout the whole Pliocene in both the Old and New World.
They may hunt frogs and rodents such as gerbils and ground squirrels by digging them out of their burrows. Honey badgers are able to feed on tortoises without difficulty, due to their powerful jaws. They kill and eat snakes, even highly venomous or large ones such as cobras. They have been known to dig up human corpses in India. They devour all parts of their prey, including skin, hair, feathers, flesh and bones, holding their food down with their forepaws. When seeking vegetable food, they lift stones or tear bark from trees.
The species ranges through most of Sub-Saharan Africa from the Western Cape, South Africa, to southern Morocco and southwestern Algeria and outside Africa through Arabia, Iran and western Asia to Turkmenistan and the Indian Peninsula. It is known to range from sea level to as much as 2,600 m asl in the Moroccan High Atlas and 4,000 m asl in Ethiopia's Bale Mountains.
Battle against MandrillEdit
A lone honey badger is on the prowl, looking for food. He come across a group of Mandrills who have killed a gazelle and are preparing to eat it. The honey badger growls and charges at the troop, baring his teeth in a sign of aggression. A large male comes to defend his troop and picks up a nearby rock and throws it at the honey badger, hitting it on the nose. The badger growls even louder and lunges at the mandrill, its teeth just missing the monkey's arm. The male madrill also lunges forward in a mock strike but as he does the badger snaps forward and grabs the madrill by the arm, digging his teeth in. The Mandrill screams in pain and grabs the badgers neck with his free arm and starts to tug and pull at it's neck fat but to no avail. He then opens his mouth and clamps it down on the badgers left shoulder bone. The badger is forced to let go as the large canine teeth of the primate dig into it's nerves.
The mandrill clutches his injured arm with his good hand and slinks away into the bushes. The badger makes it's way to the carcess of the gazelle and begins to feed off it. The rest of the mandrill troop back away and wait untill the badger is satisfied and has dissapeared into the undergrowth before tenteivly making thier way back over to the carcess.
Winner Honey Badger
The Badger's agressiveness and experiance fighting larger foes meant it made short work of the Mandrill.
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