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Honey badger

Honey badger

C047/9620

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61.2 x 40.9 cm ⏐ 24.1 x 16.1 in (300dpi)

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TONY CAMACHO / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY TONY CAMACHO / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Honey badgers (Mellivora capensis) are skilled diggers and can dig tunnels into hard ground in 10 minutes. Mostly solitary, they may hunt together but live alone in self-dug holes. They access most of their prey by digging them out of their burrows. They favour honey and honeybee larvae, but also eat insects, frogs, reptiles, birds, and mammals, as well as roots, bulbs, berries, and fruits. They'll happily steal from other carnivores or scavenge the kills of bigger animals when the opportunity arises. Their prominent, sharp teeth, long foreclaws, and stocky build allow them to easily rip meat from bone. Honey badgers are also known to put up a good fight against predators much larger than them in size and weight. Photographed in Etosha National Park, Namibia.

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