Video: Honey Badgers – A tough customer

Location: South of the Grootkolk Wilderness Camp, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.

We had just left Grootkolk to travel south back to Nossob, when we suddenly came across three honey badgers running around in the road. We stopped to take photographs, and two of the honey badgers came running towards the vehicle.

One of them was particularly brave and challenged us, showing us his teeth. Quite an amazing sight considering the size difference. An approximately15 kilogram animal versus a 3.5 ton vehicle.

Of course, once he realized that his mates had left, he also beat a hasty retreat. I managed to capture this in a little video. Although the camerawork is not great, it will give you a good idea of what we saw, and how the honey badger moves. Watch him look back, see that he hasn’t got any backup, and then decide to retreat. You can almost see him realizing that he has taken on more than he can cope with.

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