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Sunday Jukani animal Facts

Come back next week for more exciting fun facts from SAASA and Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary here on Lets Go Big Tunes blog pageThis post is sponsored by SAASA and Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary

Fun Facts about Honey Badgers

Honey Badger – fun facts

1 - Honey badgers have incredibly thick skin. The skin is so thick that it cannot be pierced with arrows, spears or knives. Even a weapon as sharp as a machete cannot completely cut through the skin. The skin is also very loose which helps them to turn around when being attacked and fight back. The only safe place to grab a honey badger is on the back of the neck. Honey badgers also have a very thick and coarse coat of hair. This thick hair helps to protect the honey badger from attacks, including bee stings.

2 - Honey badgers eat both plants and meat. Most of their diet consists of honey, honey bee larvae, snakes, eggs, tortoises, birds, berries and roots. A honey badger will eat almost anything that it can get hold of. It will also take food from other animals or eat any food it finds lying around. The honey badger is not particularly fussy when it comes to food – as example, they have been known to dig up human corpses in India. Honey badgers are also able to feed on something as tough as a tortoise without any difficulty, due to their powerful jaws and claws.   

3 - Honey badgers kill their prey violently. They have been known to castrate their prey. They will then patiently wait for their victim to severely weaken or even bleed out before they begin to eat them. Honey badgers also drink blood as a main source of water.

4 - Honey badgers are not afraid to fight against other animals, even if the other animal is much bigger. They have been labelled as the World’s Most Fearless Creature by the Guinness Book of World Records (year 2002). Because of its aggressiveness, it doesn’t lose many fights, but its main predators are hyenas, lions, leopards, pythons and humans.

5 – Honey badgers are loners. Honey badgers typically only get together to mate. Other than that, they roam and search for food alone.

6 - A honey badger’s jaw is so strong that it can almost never be dislocated. If a honey badger bites onto something, there is not much that can be done to force it to let go. Because of this strength though a honey badger has limited jaw movement.

7 - Honey badgers have an anal gland that produces a very foul odor, similar to the smell of a skunk. They can use this smell to fight off predators or to scare away animals that they are trying to steal food or shelter from.

8 - Not only is the honey badger fearless, but they are also intelligent animals and are one of a few species known to be capable of using tools.  The Honey Badger has been observed rolling a log over to the entrance of a cave where he stood on the log to capture a bird that was stuck.

9 - Honey Badgers get their name from their love of honey, they seek out not only the honey but also the bee larvae. Honey badgers have a unique relationship with the greater honey guide. The little bird leads a honey badger to a beehive, and then waits good-naturedly for the honey badger to open up the hive and enjoy the honey and bee larvae. Once the honey badger leaves the hive, the honey guide will then feed on the remaining beeswax.

Come back next week for more exciting fun facts from SAASA and Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary here on Lets Go Big Tunes blog page

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