Lesson learned: NEVER mess around with the honey badger.
No, I’m talking about NFL defensive back Tyrann Mathieu, we’re talking about one of the toughest, most elusive creatures in all of nature.
We here in the United States aren’t too familiar with the creature, because they’re only found in Africa, Southwest Asia, and the Indian subcontinent, but they are widely known as some of the toughest creatures on those continents…
And here’s the proof. Footage has gone viral of a lone honey badger taking on three, much larger leopards in South Africa, at the &Beyond Kirkman’s Kamp in the Greater Kruger.
You would initially think that the honey badger is overmatched and has no chance of survival, regardless of its impressive abilities.
However, you thought wrong, because even though the honey badger appears to be in the jaws of defeat amongst the three leopards, the creature is able to weasel its way out, narrowly cheating death.
The two who were witnessing the wild event, field guide Dan Fisher and business consultant Paola Murguia, weighed in in the video’s caption:
“We were parked with a mother leopard and her two cubs, sitting on the Sand River bank. We followed them as they moved upstream. The two cubs walked into the reeds and we heard a loud commotion which the mother reacted to. Then all three appeared, wrestling with a honey badger.
The honey badger was fighting back, instead of trying to run away, actually turning the tables at times. Our initial reaction was they had caught something, but we didn’t know what.
We were shocked when we realized it was a honey badger because they are well known for being fearless and tough animals.
The three leopards took turns trying to take the honey badger down, an unfair battle one would think. The sighting ended with the honey badger trotting off as though nothing had happened.
This was a once-in-a-lifetime sighting. An unbelievable battle between two naturally shy and tough animals. Never underestimate the underdog.”
The video is truly a testament to the relentlessness of a honey badger.
Check it out:
This article by Brady Cox was first published by Whiskey Riff on 12 October 2022.
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